For the last ten years, FSP has been part of carrying out fire protection as well as traditional surface treatments in several building projects.

Fire protecting steel structures has been accelerated by the tightening of the Finnish rescue law, that came into force in July 2011. As result of the law many industrial facilities have had to update their fire safety. The legislative reform demands that all new facilities need to have an exit safety survey conducted and fire safety plans to be drafted, among other things. And in the building permission stage the fire resistance time needs to also be determined.

According to the rescue law the facility owners and occupants as well as operators of all public properties must ensure that the danger of fire, intentional starting of a fire and the danger of fire spreading is low.

It is also demanded that the persons inside a building are able to exit the building or are able to be saved in some other way in case of fire or some other sudden dangerous situation. According to the law all rescue activities must be possible and the safety of the rescue personnel be taken into account in the case of fire or other accident.


Sufficient carrying capacity during a fire

During the last few years FSP has made fire proof coatings for several places such as harbour terminals, Neste oil refinery processing pipes and data centres built in Finland. In Sweden FSP has made fire proof coatings for instance at the Volvo Penta factory in Göteborg.

On top of fire proof coatings also traditional anti-corrosion paintings have been made in these locations. In practise a fire proof coating is demanded of all buildings and steel structures which are expected to have sufficient carrying capacity in a fire.

The thickness of the coating defines how long it will protect a load-bearing structure in a certain temperature, before the carrying capacity diminishes significantly.


A fire proof coating is handier than concreting

A possible top coat layer in fire proofing is mainly to provide the preferred colour. The primer and fire proofing together usually already give a sufficient protection against corrosion.

The fire protection can already be made before the assembly in a paint shop, but it can also be done in site after the assembly. All the damages sustained during transport and the touch-up painting of the welding seams will in any case to be done even after the assembly.

A fire proof coating is an easy and cost effective method compared to traditional concreting. The fire coating is also lighter and it is easier to do on a work site than concreting. There is also the added benefit of being able to easily touch up the fire proof coating due to possible dents, where repairing concrete dents is more arduous.