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Fireproofing Inspections

Fireproofing inspections are crucial to ensure the application, quality, and effectiveness of fireproofing materials used to protect the structural components of buildings and other infrastructure such as steel beams or columns. During the inspection, the fireproof coating, such as a thin and thick film intumescent coating, undergoes extensive testing to make sure it is effective in its purpose of fire protection. 

The Importance of Fireproofing Inspections

Fireproofing inspections are essential for ensuring the safety and structural integrity of buildings during a fire. They are an essential part of building safety protocols, aimed at minimising fire-related risks.

Properly applied and maintained fireproofing materials such as intumescent coatings help to:

  • Delay the structural collapse of buildings, providing more time for evacuation and firefighting
  • Protect structural components from intense heat, preserving the building’s integrity
  • Comply with safety regulations, ensuring the building meets legal and insurance requirements

When Are Fireproofing Inspections Conducted?

Pre-Application FIREPROOFING Inspections

Before applying fireproofing materials, we inspect the substrate to ensure it is clean, free from contaminants, and properly prepared to receive the fireproofing material. This improves adhesion of the coating, ensuring it lasts longer and that the structure continues to be protected in accordance with building and fire safety regulations.

FIREproofing Inspections During Application

We conduct an inspection of the first layer of fireproofing coating to ensure correct application techniques and adherence to specifications. This is followed by continuous monitoring of the application process to ensure uniformity, correct thickness, and coverage. This helps in detecting and rectifying any issues immediately.

Post-Application fireproofing Inspections

After the fireproofing material has been applied, we carry out a thorough inspection to verify that the application meets all specified requirements. This includes checking the thickness, density, and uniformity of the fireproofing material. Once the fireproof coating has cured and dried we will carry out another inspection to ensure it has set correctly and adhered properly to the substrate.

Regular fireproofing Inspections

We carry out regular fireproofing coating inspections as part of a maintenance schedule. Fireproofing is critical for the safety of the building’s occupants, so the fireproof coatings must be consistently checked to ensure they remain effective. Regular fireproofing inspections are often an essential component of insurance policies, local building codes, and fire safety regulations.

After significant events such as renovations, structural modifications, or exposure to fire, the fireproofing material must be assessed to identify any damage or degradation and ensure it still provides adequate protection. We also carry out inspections after any repairs or remedial works.

What Is Involved In A Fireproofing Inspection?

During a fireproofing inspection, one of our verified SSPC L2 fireproofing inspectors will carry out a series of tests to ensure the coating meets the relevant specifications. This will be in line with your Inspection Test Plan (ITP) which ensures that all inspections and tests are systematically performed to maintain quality and compliance with fire safety regulations, building codes, and project specifications. If you don’t have an ITP, we can support you in developing one.

Depending on your requirements, industry, the type of coating and substrate, and the point in the application process at which the inspection is happening, fireproofing inspections can include:

  • Conducting a visual assessment of the coating’s general condition as well as a more in-depth visual inspection
  • Identification of any major deficiencies such as cracks, delamination, or deterioration
  • Measurement of the thickness of the fireproofing material to ensure it meets the specified requirements using a tool such as a depth gauge
  • Ensuring the material is applied uniformly without gaps, voids, or thin spots
  • Checking the adhesion of the fireproofing material to the substrate to ensure it is securely bonded
  • Verifying that the fireproof coating has been allowed to cure properly according to manufacturer specifications
  • Monitoring ambient temperature, humidity, and other conditions
  • Ensuring the fireproofing material has a consistent appearance and texture throughout the coated areas

Our fireproofing inspectors record all inspection data, including measurements, observations, and test results, as well as assigning risk based on the health of the coating. This ensures traceability and compliance with standards, and means that any deviations are clearly denoted and can be corrected.

Who Carries Out A fireproofing Inspection?

Fireproofing inspections must be carried out by a certified inspector who has had the training required to accurately assess the health of a protective coating. Our team at Specialist Coatings and Inspection includes ICORR L3 Paint Inspectors, SSPC L2 Fireproof Inspectors, and Coating Surveyors with experience working on highway structures to the requirements of BD87/05 and rail structures to Network Rail specifications. View our full list of accreditations including ConstructionLine Gold and Acclaim Health & Safety on our about page.  

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