Fire on construction sites and in buildings undergoing refurbishment is a risk that always exist and for which it will have a drastic impact on people and property. As a result of fir, people are killed and injured, property is irretrievably lost and the project suffer severe disruption to the smooth running of the construction project activities. Therefore, all entities that are part of a project delivery should work together to ensure that adequate measures are introduced to ensure the maximum level of fire prevention to the people and the structure during the construction or refurbishment operations.
Using a Project Management Information System (PMIS) like PMWeb, organizations can create comprehensive checklists that will capture all items that need to be inspected to prevent the risk of fire. PMWeb custom form builder will used to create the checklist which will include the groups of items to be inspected. Those would include Fire Protection Equipment, Compartmentation and Segmentation, Hot Work Management, Control of Combustible and Flammable Material in Work Areas, Fire Prevention for Storage Areas, Control of Heat and Ignition Source, Personnel Actions, Fire Detection Alarm and Response, Site Security and Access Control and Damage Control in Case of Fire. The fire prevention checklist should be also compliant with local fire and life safety code of practices as well as the project’s Construction Site Fire Prevention and Protection Plan and Combustible Materials Management.
Under each category, the Fire Prevention Checklist form will detail the items that need to be inspected on weekly basis. For each item, there will be a status field to be filled by the inspector as “Yes” it is compliant, “No” if it is not compliant or “NA” if it is not applicable. For Non-Compliant items, the inspector will provide his/her observations in the comment field.
Similar to all other PMWeb records, the attachment tab will be used to capture and upload pictures of any non-compliance fire prevention requirements sighted by the inspection team. This will help the team in identifying and documenting items that need to be rectified immediately. Since PMWeb is a zero foot print application, the Fire Prevention Checklist form can be accessed from any smart mobile device.
In addition, there will be an option of assigning a workflow to the inspection form if there is a requirement to submit the inspection form for review and approval. The workflow can be also aligned with inspection category tables should there be a requirement for different individuals to be involved in the inspection process. PMWeb visual workflow will be used to create this workflow.