Nearly sixty percent (60%) of installers get their training from industry bodies and the same proportion of respondents turn to professional associations to learn about the latest legislation and best practice.
But a recent study has shown that nearly half of European fire-safety equipment installers do not feel fully comfortable with current fire safety legislation. But what shocked us more is the fact that the remaining half (49%) of fire safety equipment installers are still unfamiliar with the latest fire and emergency lighting legislation.
Here are a few more statistics that the survey revealed. Take a look:
- According to study, more than two-thirds (67%) of the fire equipment installers go to manufacturers to bridge their knowledge gap on this issue.
- Nearly two-fifths (39%) of the installers interviewed confessed to having not received any fire or emergency lighting training in the last two years.
- 90% of installers felt that their clients would benefit if they receive more training.
- Of those that had received training in the previous two years, three-quarters felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ in their understanding of a wide range of fire-safety technology and their capacity to recommend and design an appropriate, effective fire-safety solution.
- When it came to delivering this service to different sectors and environments, 83% of installers felt equipped to specify and fit the optimum solution for public sector or leisure projects.
- Conversely, only 18% felt this confident about offshore environments – a key growth sector.
The Texecom’s Take:
The results of these surveys suggest that installers do understand and see the benefits of training on their ability to carry out projects effectively. But it’s also not surprising that many installers across Europe are struggling to keep up with legislation when they may have not received any training in the last two years.
As manufacturers, we clearly need to step up and take responsibility for improving their understanding. It’s clear that we now have to come together as an industry to ensure that the correct training is being promoted and delivered across the board.
Not only will this help installers feel more confident in their jobs, it will protect the lives of people across Europe by ensuring all fire safety standards are met on every project.