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When we speak of passive fire protection, we generally are referring to a wide range of practices and products. For the sake of better understanding, we can describe PFP as specific materials that are ingrained in our surrounding structures with the sole purpose of stopping fires from starting or spreading.

PFP can be said to be a default line of defense against a fire outbreak. Its role is to either limit the chance of a fire outbreak or significantly reduce how rapidly the fire spreads. Limiting the possibility of a fire starting or decreasing the speed of a fire buys enough time to evacuate occupants. Passive fire protection materials protect facilities in case there is an outbreak of cellulosic fire in a building, or hydrocarbon or jet fire in oil and gas, refinery, onshore and offshore industries. Passive Fire Protection is designed to safeguard lives, facilities, and properties during fire accidents.

Another form of protection against a fire outbreak is active fire protection. Active Fire Protection is any product or system that can find and thwart a fire. Unlike the PFP, Active Fire Protection requires that it be activated before it can work.  However, the two forms of fire protection are usually applied side by side for adequate protection against potential fire outbreak.

The most popular material used for the offshore environment to protect the steel from a fire is an epoxy-based intumescent coating that expands. Another favorite material is Vermiculite, which is a cementitious based coating that doesn’t go to any significant changing during the fire.


After construction, it is compulsory that all Passive Fire Protection systems receive regular maintenance. It is also expected that these systems are installed carefully according to the industry standards (UL, BS, DNV, and so forth) and governing regulations, or facility owner guidelines. Only qualified personnel should be hired to avoid errors and below standard installation of these PFP systems; this is where IOGS comes in as a training institute. We educate trainees who are up-to-date and versatile concerning anything that has to do with fireproofing; from its installation to its testing, inspection, and even maintenance.

Fireproofing is heavily regulated today because it is an incredibly critical issue that involves the safety and welfare of human life. A PFP system that is not installed or maintained correctly will cause the system to fail which could result in the loss of property and even human life. IOGS trains and certifies personnel that will professionally handle the task of fireproofing in all capacities.

To learn more about passive fireproofing, learners can select from a comprehensive variety of online and onsite passive fireproofing courses offered by "IOGS" that are focused on their direct needs.

PFP Inspector Level 1 - Online Learning

Computer-based Instruction (CBT) program that allows you to make progress and move forward in the time frame that suits. This course is perfect for anyone who wishes to start his or her career on the passive fireproofing.......

FireproofingInspector Level 2 - Classroom Learning

This course is designed for those responsible for quality control and inspections of passive fire protection that is ingrained in surrounding structures with the sole purpose of stopping fires from starting or spreading.....