UL South Asia
Fire Safety Council

Two-day council meeting on Built Environment Safety and Industrial Safety

Venue: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi
Date: Oct 8-9, 2015 Time: Oct 8 (Thursday): 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. and Oct 9 (Friday): 9.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.


UL South Asia Fire Safety Council

Day 1: Oct 8, 2015 (Thursday)

From: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
@ The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi

Time Topic Speaker Remarks
8:00 am – 9:15 am Meeting Room: Long Champ, Taj Mansingh. Registration + Meet and Greet. Breakfast will be served in Meeting Room
9:30 am – 9:35 am Welcome Jagdish -
9:35 am – 9:45 am Importance of Council Dialogues Clyde Koffman, -
9:45 am – 10:00 am UL South Asia Fire safety Council – Looking back, Looking ahead R A Venkitachalam -
10:05 am – 10:30 am Fire Statistics – Incidents, Claims Satyendra Singh -
D K Shammi
10:35 am – 11:10 am Recent Large Fires – What Happened, Lessons Learnt, What should be Done – India Pratap Kargoppikar or Rangadhale -
11:10 am – 11:30 am Tea Break - -
11:30 am – 11:50 am Recent Large Fires – What Happened, Lessons Learnt, What should be Done – International Taiwan fire chief Major Jamal Taiwan dust explosion Dubai high-rise building fire
11:55 am – 12:15 pm Enhancing Fire Fighter Safety - Techniques, SOPs, training, India-specific research
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm - Raj -
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm - Don Bliss -
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch - -
2:00 pm – 2:25 pm Updates – Changing Fire Dynamics due to New Materials and Newer Architectures Dr. Pravinray Gandhi UL Research
2:25 pm – 2:45 pm Electrical fires, Vehicle Safety & Hazards of UPS IIT students & Karthikeyan G Student project and Karthikeyan’s study on UPS fires
Enhancing Purchase Standards for FFEqpt RC?
2:45 pm – 3:05 pm Fire Fighter Safety – Overview of the Changes in the PPE Standards Draegar/Dupont Prevention against exposure to heat and smoke New trends and way forward
3:05 pm – 3:30 pm Tea Break - -
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Fire & Smoke Modelling for Safe Building Designs Tabaddor/Majji Rao How Modeling helps in determining the safety parameters
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Fire Safety Communication – Some experiments - Goa Fire IIT Gn App BCF Efforts FSAI Efforts
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm UL India – Intro on activities Suresh -

UL South Asia Fire Safety Council

Day 2: Oct 9, 2015 (Friday)

From: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
@ The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi

TRACK-1 Built Environment Safety
Time Topic Speaker Remarks
9:30 am – 9:45 am Summary/Recap of Day-1 proceedings and what is planned for Day-2 R A Venkitachalam Serious fires like Kalbadevi, Taiwan, and Dubai How issues are resolved, overlooked, and need to have self-introspection along the way forward
9:45 am – 10:15 am NFPA 101 – New Changes for High Rise Building Safety Don Bliss NFPA Automatic release devices for fire doors Means of egress Ambulatory health care
10:15 am – 10:45 am Integration of HVAC & Fire Safety Standards Pankaj Dharkar How fire safety systems are compromised for fancy IGBC rating Failure of HVAC and Safety systems in fires/accidents
10:45 am – 11:15 am Facade Fires & Tackling Hazards from New MoC Dr. Pravinray Gandhi Glass, Gypsum Boards, Hollow concrete blocks
11:15 am – 11:45 am Tea Break - -
11:45 am – 12:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSIONS Don Bliss Pankaj Dharkar Dr Gandhi IGBC Discussion in light of serious fires in India UP Hotel Fire Citibank Surat, Kolkata mall & Failure of Fire Systems
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Tackling Fires in Structures Safety considerations for weak structures on fires Fire Fighting Methodology and approach Speaker from IIT GN George Haelly/Ranghdale/Taiwan Fire Chief Discuss on the evaluation of structural behavior in a fire Fire Fighting tips for developing a blue print for firemen on the methodology for fighting structurally weak buildings on fire
TRACK-2 Industrial Safety

9:30 am – 9:45 am Summary/Recap of Day-1 proceedings and what is planned for Day-2 Pravinray Gandhi Recap and overview of industrial accidents
9:45 am – 10:15 am Dust Explosion – Negligence and Threat to Third World Countries Dr. Raj Srinivasan Last year we dealt with dust explosions and yet we see a recurrence of incidents (Taiwan)
10:15 am – 11:15 am Transportation Safety of Hazardous Materials Statistical Overview Road Accidents – Chlorines and Ammonia Rail Accidents NIA Pune NSC VB Sant RDSO Spate of LPG tanker How dangerous substances are handled Road & rail safety aspects
10:45 am – 11:15 am Facade Fires & Tackling Hazards from New MoC Dr. Pravinray Gandhi Glass, Gypsum Boards, Hollow concrete blocks
11:15 am – 11:45 am Tea Break - -
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Use of Hypoxia Technology for Transportation Safety Dr. Pravinray Gandhi New trends and tech break through
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Overview of GAIL Accident Varma CIF GAIL accident Lack of SOPs Stress for training and WHS
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm The Importance of Training for Industrial Safety and Monitoring of Performance Speaker from WHS -

Fire Safety Council

UL’s engineering and advisory councils provide UL with substantial expertise in the development and maintenance of UL Standards for Safety, investigations of innovative products, and other conformity-assessment related activities. The members of UL’s councils are leaders in their professions. They bring years of comprehensive engineering experience, practical judgment, field experience, and conformity assessment expertise to UL, and are selected from enforcement authorities, government agencies, consumer groups, standards experts, educators and other individuals and organizations, with special knowledge in their fields of expertise. The council on fire safety advises UL on the establishment of safety performance requirements for fire suppression equipment, fire resistance, building designs, fire and smoke detector equipment, and building materials.

Council members and invitees are consulted in the establishment of requirements concerning products, components and systems, interpretation of standards, suitability of test methods, standards development, regulatory needs, regulatory acceptance and similar issues. They assist in the interpretation of requirements, particularly as they may apply to new developments that may not have been considered at the time the requirements were adopted.

The council has a total strength of 26 individuals, including 16 members and 10 subject matter experts (invitees). They are chosen from different stakeholder communities and with representation from regulatory agencies, the petroleum sector, fire brigades, the insurance industry, and academia to study the nuances of more effective safety standards.


Why Attend

Stay well-versed with shifting fire investigation paradigms

India faces one of the highest rates of incidents and deaths due to industrial fires in the world. In spite of an annual increase of 5% in such incidents, most organizations do not have access to an effective fire safety system and most often, rely on public fire services. This has resulted in an increasing need to understand fire and issues in fire safety with emphasis on helping prevent fires, injury and loss of life, and to minimize property damage. Advances in safety science aim to understand and manage the increasingly complex fire safety ecosystem.

During this one day seminar, experts in the field of fire safety and fire forensics will uncover some critical investigations and issues in fire safety to keep you abreast of the advancements in the field of fire safety and fire forensics. Fire investigation, a specialist branch of forensic science, analyzes a fire scene to determine the origin and the cause of the fire. Fire scene reconstruction is the process of determining the most likely development of a fire using a science-based rationale and follows the fire, from ignition to extinguishing. The experts will explain various aspects of fire and smoke development, the role of fuels, effects of ventilation, the impact of manual and automatic extinguishment, the performance of the building, life safety features, and types of injuries or deaths.

Forensic fire scene reconstruction relies upon a comprehensive review about the fire pattern damage, sound fire protection engineering principles, human factors, physical evidence and an appropriate application of the scientific method. These factors often form the basis of expert opinion on the most probable origin and cause of a fire or an explosion.



Legal systems impose greater responsibility and accountability to meet the evolving changes in fire investigation and fire claims investigation over the recent years across the globe. As a result, the insurance industry needs the knowledge about the enhancements in the science behind the cause and analysis of a fire. They need a scientific approach to deal with evidence collection, spoliation, NFPA 921, expert witnesses, courtroom testimony and bad faith litigation.

Manufacturing & Production Factory Units

The Safety Incident Investigation Procedure provides a systematic

approach to determine initiating events, contributing events, root causes and contributing causes. However, it is noted that there is a need to develop competency and capability in the field of fire forensics. The seminar aims to identify appropriate recommendations that address the problems and identify root causes. The UL Forum will objectively educate and equip the safety community with tools to conduct fire investigations. The investigations will control mitigating issues and further assist in developing solutions.

Built Environment

Fire statistics over the years tell us that 85% of the fires are due to electrical short circuits. This conclusion is drawn with little or no science in the fire scene analysis. The UL Forum on Fire Forensics dwells on such issues, wherein the approach to a fire incident is consistent and scientific in approach. The speakers will deal with the cause and analysis of a fire and predictive science behind the escalation of events. In a built environment, understanding the science is imperative and this allows you to implement solutions and prevent the recurrence of a fire.


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