Special hazards protection – what’s the latest?

Special hazards protection – what’s the latest?
What is changing in the world of special hazards protection, and what does it mean for industry practitioners?

Fire protection for special hazards can be a technically challenging area to serve effectively and efficiently, balancing customer risks and needs with regulatory demands.  

Recent years have seen the phase-out of halon suppressants and the emergence of a range of alternatives, requiring a good understanding of their design features, their advantages and challenges, and ongoing maintenance issues.  

To explore these issues, we've pulled together an expert panel that will discuss the status quo with special hazards and predict what challenges might be on the horizon.  


Anthony Stagg, Managing Director at Fire Protection Technologies Group

Howard Tomlin, Group Engineering Manager, Fire Protection Technologies
Ever since a lithium-ion battery caught fire in his hand Howard has had an acute awareness of how quickly lithium ion batteries go from inert to spectacularly dangerous. Drawing on his fire protection industry experience (from back when 2 wire fire panels were considered state of the art) Howard has  experience of a broad range of products that are currently on offer to mitigate the risk of a lithium ion battery fire and will be discussing the benefits and limitations of these technologies.

Howard is a member of several FPAA committees including TAC11/22, TAC3 and chaired the LIB special interest group (technical stream) during the formation of several publications about care and safe use of lithium Ion batteries. Aside from his work on the FPAA committees Howard has been an active member of the BSI working group writing the BS8489 and BS8458 watermist standards and on the back of that contributed to the re-write and update of the current AS4587 standard for watermist here in Australia after moving from the UK to work at Fire Protection Technologies in 2017.

Nick Best, National Field Engagement, Team Leader, Fire Protection Industry Board
Based in Victoria, Nick has a long history of successfully working face to face with individuals and connecting with them to reach a common goal in unison and joins the team having worked with the Fire Protection Association Australia. Priding himself on finding a way to connect with any individual, Nick leads the national Field Engagement Program with considerable professional and technical experience in the fire protection space.


Tuesday 11 June, 2024


10.30am - 12:00pm (AWST)




Members Vouchers: $25 (inc GST)
Members:$75 (incl. GST)
Non-members:$150 (incl GST)


1.5 hours


Tuesday, 11 June, 2024, at 8am

11/06/2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Online - Bigmarker WA

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