Article #148 Enforcing Fire Prevention Checklists for Site Offices and Stores on Construction Projects

Fire is one of the significant risks encountered on construction projects that will usually cause harm for both persons and property. Formal fire prevention reviews and assessments should be done periodically during construction projects. The inspection should cover fire prevention practices at the construction site and temporary facilities such as site offices and stores. The inspection should be aligned with the contractor’s health, safety, and environment (HSE) policies and practices, the country’s civil defense rules and regulations, and the Insurer’s recommendations during the execution of works on Site.

Using a Project Management Information System (PMIS) like PMWeb, fire prevention checklists can be created during the periodical fire inspection for site offices and stores. The checklist must be comprehensive and cover all items that must be inspected and reported on. Then PMWeb custom form builder will be used to create the checklist, two separate lists. The first will be for the site offices, while the second will be for the stores. Each list will include the items that will be inspected for which a status needs to be reported as “Yes,” “No,” or “NA.” In addition, there will be a field to add comments made by the inspector.

Since PMWeb is a zero-footprint application, the fire prevention inspection form can be accessed from any smart mobile device. Like all other PMWeb records, the attachment tab will capture and upload pictures of any violation sighted by the inspection team. This will help the inspection team identify and document items that must be rectified immediately.

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. PMWeb visual workflow will be used to create this workflow.

About the Authorfounder

Bassam Samman, PMP, PSP, EVP, GPM, is a Senior Project Management Consultant with over 35-year service record providing project management and controls services to over 100 projects with a total value of over US $5 Billion. Those projects included Commercial, Residential, Education, and Healthcare Buildings and Infrastructure, Entertainment and Shopping Malls, Oil and Gas Plants and Refineries, Telecommunication, and Information Technology projects. He is thoroughly experienced in project management, including project management control systems, computerized project control software, claims analysis/prevention, risk analysis/management (contingency planning), design, supervision, training, and business development.

Bassam is a frequent speaker on Project Management, Strategic Project Management, and Project Management Personal Skills. Over the past 35 years, he has lectured at more than 350 events and courses at different locations in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and South America. He has written more than 250 articles on project management and project management information systems that were featured in international and regional magazines and newspapers. He is a co-founder of the Project Management Institute- Arabian Gulf Chapter (PMI-AGC) and has served on its board of directors for over six years. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), an accredited Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), an Earned Value Professional (EVP) from the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE), and a Green Project Management (GPM).

Bassam holds a Master’s in Engineering Administration (Construction Management) with Faculty Commendation from George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, Bachelor in Civil Engineering – from Kuwait University, Kuwait, and has attended many executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, and London Business School, London, UK.


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