CERT Compliance Assessment

The CERT Scheme was expanded to include a broader group of Public and Industrial premises with the amendments to the Fire Safety Act on 01 September 2013 and 01 March 2014.

Under the scheme, the owner of premise is to ensure that the CERT members undergo specific training and periodic assessments as the Commissioner may specify; and;

  1. if the CERT fails any periodic assessment referred to in sub‑paragraph (d), take reasonable steps to ensure that the CERT passes such periodic assessment within such period as the Commissioner may require.

Any owner or occupier of specified premises who contravenes paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

The periodic assessments for the CERT compliance is based on the authority’s CERT audit guidelines:

CERT Audit Guidelines

FMO offers periodic assessment service to assist premise owners to conduct due-diligence check to ensure full compliance with the regulatory requirement.

For enquiry, kindly contact +65 8518-2398 or email to info@fmone.sg

Emergency Response Planning & Implementation

An Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is a plan which contains information on types of fire safety measures that are provided for in designated premises & includes floor layout plans and evacuation procedures. Under the Singapore Fire Safety Act (Chapter 109A, Section 61(1), all premises that fall within the class of premises as specified below will require to prepare an ERP in accordance with the guidelines from Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on or before 1st March 2014:

i. Public building
Public building having an occupant load of more than 200 persons in which a Fire Certificate is issued. Example, office buildings, shopping centres, hotels, hospitals, place of public resort, etc.

ii. Industrial premise
Industrial premises which require a Fire Safety Manager (FSM) and satisfy any of these criteria:

  • Floor area or site area of at least 5, 000 square metres
  • Occupant load of at least 1, 000 persons

The entire planning and implementation will be carried out in a 5-step process:
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Information Gathering – Ensuring that all pertinent details are available at hand and collated in a structured manner before initiating the planning phase – Occupancy, study of the site plan among other relevant details. The gathered information also becomes a critical artifact that is utilized by the Fire Safety Manager (FSM) to ensure that CERT is effective in responding to emergencies.

Review & Planning – Reviewing the organized information meticulously and ensuring that an effective plan is in place to facilitate the layout and execution of ERP (Emergency Response Plan). Fire Safety Manager (FSM) is also a key stakeholder in the review and planning phase and uses the inputs from the designated CERT to give his inputs.

Plan Development – Working with stakeholders across the board to ensure that a detailed level implementation strategy is created, and the plan skeleton is transformed into an executable entity. The executable plan is signed off by all the key stakeholders in your organization, including Fire Safety Manager (FSM), and a copy of the same is also circulated to each member of CERT for their inputs.

Training and Implementation – Conducting comprehensive training programs for all employees to ensure that a concrete knowledge baseline is formed. An outline is prepared to facilitate smooth and efficient implementation. The training plan is specifically aimed at members of CERT to be trained in the required preventive and reactive activities to avoid a tragedy in the workplace and also has specific sections targeted towards the Fire Safety Manager (FSM).

Desktop/Simulated Exercise – Facilitating frequent mock drills to ensure that all personnel are well equipped to handle any contingencies. Such drills are first tried out in simulation tool to ensure that all possible scenarios are documented and later the same can be worked in real time. Once the drills are past the simulation stage, we have a comprehensive discussion on the same along with Fire Safety Manager (FSM).

For enquiries, please contact +65 8518-2398 or email us at info@fmone.sg

Facilities & Project Management

Productivity is crucial to survival in today’s fast changing business environment. To achieve success, good facilities management is vital for companies. The random unforeseeable economic turmoil, diminishing profits, increased local and global competition and diversity in the range of skills required are factors that have driven organizations to look for ways to make themselves more productive, often with fewer people and/or in less space. In Singapore, facilities management has become an important dimension for companies striving for excellence in such an environment.

Facilities management is the care and supervision of infrastructure that supports business. It is the basic to fulfill the needs of the workforce and enhance productivity through the provision of appropriate workspace, technology and physical environment. Encompassing traditional estate management, building maintenance and building management, facilities management in Singapore has taken a holistic approach to meet the challenges of limited real-estate space and more demanding workforce.

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FMO offers the following facilities management services, consultancy and solutions:

  • FM System Design & Implementation Consultancy
  • FM Operation Robustness Assessment
  • Customised FM Training
  • Operations & Maintenance Management
  • FM Process Design & Documentation
  • Addition & Alteration Works
  • Project Management for Building Addition & Alteration Works
  • Mobile Facilities Management Solutions
    • Audit Management
    • Inspection Management
    • Incident Management
    • Work Order Management
    • Report Management
    • Event Management
    • Emergency Management
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Emergency Exercises

Emergency Exercises

Simulations of emergency situations, or emergency exercises, are integral to a sound emergency or crisis management plan. They offer opportunities for premises to examine and strengthen their capacities for responding to various emergencies.

By participating in different types of exercises, premise owner or operator can then identify the appropriate methods for preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from crises. These exercises also may expose the limitations of existing plans (i.e. emergency response plan, crisis management plan) such as procedural gaps or training needs. It can help assess the roles, responsibilities, relationships, communication strategies and resources that would be critical should an actual crisis occur.

FMO offers professional services for five (5) main types of emergency exercises:

  1. Orientations

These are introductions to a premise’s crisis or emergency management/preparedness program. The objective is to familiarize participants with roles, responsibilities, plans, procedures and equipment. It enable the management to resolve questions of coordination and assignment of responsibilities.

Recommended for: New employees, building occupants and building management team

  1. Evacuation drill

Under the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) guidelines on evacuation planning, two (2) evacuation drills shall be conducted each year and involve all building occupants. An emergency drill tests a specific operation or function of the emergency response plan (ERP). The purpose of a drill is to practice aspects of the emergency response plan and prepare the company emergency response team (CERT) or first responders and participants for more extensive exercises in the future.

Recommended for: All building occupants

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  1. Table-top exercise

Under the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) guidelines on table-top exercise, two (2) table-top exercises shall be conducted each year for each building with the assistance of a certified Fire Safety Manager (FSM). The exercise helps to analyse an emergency event in an informal, stress-free environment. It provides participants with an emergency scenario to analyse and increase their awareness of the roles and responsibilities of individuals as stipulated in the emergency response plan (ERP) and/or crisis management plan. It is designed to prompt a constructive discussion about the existing ERP for participants to identify, investigate and resolve issues.

Recommended for: Operations team, CERT members, Fire Wardens and Fire Safety Committee members.

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  1. Functional exercise

It is designed to test one or more functions of a premise’s emergency response plan during an interactive, time-pressured, simulated event. Functional exercises can be conducted in the premise’s emergency operations centre or fire command centre (FCC). Participants are given directions by controllers/simulators via telephones or radios, and they must respond appropriately to the incidents that arise in accordance to their emergency response plan. Evaluators/Facilitators will then provide their assessment on the team’s emergency readiness.

Recommended for: Functional team, Operations team and CERT.

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  1. Full-scale exercise

It is designed to evaluate the operational capability of emergency management systems in a highly stressful environment that simulates actual conditions. Full-scale exercises test and evaluate most functions of the emergency response-operational plan, including the mobilization of emergency personnel, equipment and resources. A scenario that is most likely to occur will be chosen and thereby involve all stakeholders. Facilitators conduct a post-incident critique and develop a post-mortem report to identify issues for correction.

Recommended for: All occupants including the Functional team, Operations team and CERT.

Fire Warden Training

FIRE WARDEN TRAINGING 

Programme Overview:
This programme is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively carry out the duties of a Fire Warden and additional duties on fire prevention and premise evacuation.

Programme Outlines:

  • Overview of Singapore Fire Safety Acts and Legislations
  • Understand the characteristics of fire (with short video)
  • Understand human behaviour in a fire situation
  • Common fire hazards and fire prevention
  • Overview of premise’s emergency response plan and evacuation procedures
  • Roles and responsibilities of fire wardens
  • Use of fire-fighting equipment
  • Emergency Communication

Programme Outcomes:
On completion of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fire safety legislation & requirements
  • Understand the basic principles of combustion and how fire spreads
  • Understand human behaviour in a fire situation
  • Identify potential fire hazards and execute control measures
  • Understand their roles & responsibilities as a fire warden
  • Be familiar with the premise’s emergency response plan, evacuation procedures and escape routes
  • Understand basic operation of fire extinguisher and fire hose reel
  • Be familiar with the mean of communication during emergencies

Who should attend?
Anyone designated as a fire warden or wanted to be trained as a fire warden.

Venue:To be conducted at client’s premise.

Duration:2 hours

Further information:Please contact +65 8518-2398 or email to info@fmone.sg