Trident Risk Management
Trident Risk Management Consultants Limited is a company that was founded in the United Kingdom but began its operations in Kenya in January, 2014. The company offers a variety of services in the fire and safety sector including, fire safety auditing as provided for in the Factories and Other Places of Work (Fire Risk Reduction Rules) 2007; Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) auditing and risk assessment as provided for in the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) 2007. “Our main aim is to help companies meet the mandatory statutory requirements set out by the Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Protection,” the Managing Consultant, Wilson Goko affirms. They also offer fire and safety training, which is a three-day course, according to the Ministry of Labour syllabus. “Every workplace with more than 20 people is required to form an OSH committee that must undergo training,” he continues. In addition, the company offers first aid training, environmental impact assessments and audits. The company also supply install and maintain fire fighting and safety equipment.
They also offer fire engineering services right from the design stage of a building. “We design fire safety systems to go into the building, like escape routes, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire signs and notices. We also advise on the fire resistant materials to be used, depending on the duration of fire resistance of the material required,” he says. He states that construction materials like wood especially in informal settlements and loose or illegally connected electric lines greatly increase fire risk. “We are seeing an increase in private companies offering firefighting and response services as the county governments are grossly under-equipped. The problem of access roads to some of the places and water shortage is however a big hindrance to timely and effective fire response,” Wilson says.
They have a team of qualified consultants in the fire and safety sector from Kenya, Ireland and United Kingdom. Wilson is a former fire safety inspector with the London Fire Brigade and a former police officer with the Metropolitan Police – New Scotland Yard, a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (worldwide) and a sworn advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Being a fire engineer and fire safety auditor who is also a lawyer, he offers free legal advice to clients regarding the statutory safety requirements.
“We use Kenyan building regulations when doing fire engineering, which allow the use of the British Standard (BS) 9999, the code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings,” he says. BS 9999 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of buildings to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and around them. It also provides guidance on the on-going management of fire safety within a building throughout its entire life cycle, including guidance for designers to ensure that the overall design of a building assists and enhances the management of fire safety.
According to Wilson, developers in Kenya have not really embraced fire engineering as an important part of the construction process. “Fire engineering is a fairly new concept in Kenya and East Africa. There is also an acute shortage of fire engineers in the region. The discipline is not well established. We are the only firm in Kenya which provides fire safety engineering services to BS 9999,” he insists. Currently they are doing fire safety and OSH audits at Britam. They are also offering fire consultancy as fire engineers in the proposed 42-storey project, 88 Nairobi on Bishops Road off Ngong Road, by Lordship Africa, to BS 9999.
“There is little awareness in Kenya regarding fire safety and OSH. People do not know that we actually have laws which make it mandatory for every workplace to carry out a yearly fire safety audit, OSH audit and risk assessment. You must also register as a workplace with the Ministry of Labour every year. People must be aware that there is a fire law in Kenya at both the county and national level and non-compliance attracts a fine of up to Ksh 500, 000 or six months imprisonment, or both,” he concludes.