InterDam, supplier of fire and blast resistant walls, doors and windows, is warning the Upstream and Downstream market that the current regulations covering these two areas while adequate, if viewed in isolation, do not consider the possible consequences of a blast followed by fire which recent studies have revealed happens in over 50% of cases.
“Currently there are no regulations covering a fire outbreak in a post blast situation so manufacturers tend to supply products that can either withstand a blast or are resistant to fire but not both consecutively,” said Berend Groeneveld, MD of InterDam.
“We are the first company to test our products to withstand not only the impact of a blast but also an immediate fire outbreak as it is important that employees are kept safe and have time to implement appropriate fire procedures like switching off vulnerable equipment.”
“It is no good surviving a blast only to be burned alive in a fire caused by the explosion,” he added.
InterDam knows the major operators like Shell, BP and Chevron take safety extremely seriously and so is working hard to educate other operators, regulators and certification bodies about the importance of having architectural products capable of withstanding a blast and fire post an explosion.