Fire Safety Engineering Planning
Hazmat is unique and special in that the safety planning that we offer relies on legislation which is relevant to the chemical industry in general as well as to the specific field for which the planning is conducted. In addition, the planning is based on a continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of the defence layouts that we plan. This allows us to plan the safety for industrial facilities in Israel and abroad.
While the safety aspects in regular structures are derived from and treated under the construction laws such as The Planning and Construction Law, for industrial structures planning is more complex. the complexity is due to the unique risks that derive from the use of flammable, combustible, toxic, oxidizing and reactive substances; from working conditions such as extreme pressure and temperature; complex structures etc.
Fortunately, we have on our side accepted international standards such as the American NFPA standards, European standards and sectorial regulation, such as the API for the oil industry, which provide us with guidelines for safety planning. When these are insufficient, we solve problems using simulations of chemical and smoke movement, CFD of explosive atmosphere development, heat passages and domino effect etc.
The knowledge, ability and experience allow us to plan the safety in the structure so that we pass the review and the authorities’ list of approvals, whilst safeguarding the client’s interests.
One of the challenges facing our team recently has been the safety planning for the construction of a petrochemical plant in Albania. The Albanian law is going through a transition into European legislation so that we had to ensure that each safety element met the requirements of the API, the NFPA and the European legislation. We met this challenge successfully and the plans are in the transition stage from the drawing board to construction.
The safety planning of plants in Israel also requires specific professionalization. Our fire prevention team treats industrial facilities nationwide and successfully combines between optimal protection for humans and the environment and meeting legislative requirements, and providing exceptional service and safeguarding our clients’ interests.
Our clients include engineering and planning firms such as Baran, Ludan, Galil Engineering for projects in Israel and abroad, and Teva Israel Chemicals, Makhteshim and Adama Group, Perrigo etc.
Safety planning at infrastructure facilities, establishments and public structures includes four main elements:
Professionalism, knowledge and familiarization of The Planning and Construction Law and the standards set by The Standards Institute of Israel.
The ability to provide the required deliverables: firefighting permits, construction permits and population permits.
The ability to provide the service under schedules that are always tight and “in the last minute”.
The ability to solve complex professional problems.
At Hazmat, we succeed in combining between these elements and provide solutions thanks to our expanded Fire Prevention Department team, which includes two experienced and skilled engineers, draftsmen who specialize in preparing safety plans and engineering assistance by the Risk Engineering Division in any professional challenge we are faced with.
For the past three decades, we have been the safety planners for the Israeli Ministry of Defence and for a variety of public construction projects. We are the safety consultants for the Weizmann Institute, Tel-Aviv University, the Melisron group and the Ofer brothers’ shopping malls, engineering firms such as Margolin, Shapir Engineering and many others. Several sections of The Valley Train are among the notable infrastructure projects planned by us.
Among the complex issues that we have provided solutions for in combination with the Risk Engineering Division, we can note an analysis of escaping from an underground car park for the optimization of a smoke clearing system; survivability analysis for underground tunnels; planning of means for ventilation, smoke clearing and fire extinguishing at an auditorium under a number of different fire scenarios; planning of means for fire extinguishing, division and smoke clearing at an atrium shared by a number of levels and more. Additional details regarding our ability to conduct complex fire simulations and better planning of means for protection, fire extinguishing and escape can be found here.