FIPPE Ltd has been in business for 21 years.


Lead by David Matthews FIIRSM, DipSM, OHSPR, RSP, GIOSH, BSI Associate Consultant*


Formerly Chair of the UK Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council (CFBAC) Health and Safety Advisory Board, this was a personal Ministerial appointment, advising on H & S also PPE


David is one of the world's leading experts on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). He chairs the UK (BSI) Protective Clothing Committee and leads in Europe (CEN) and Internationally (ISO) on all protective clothing, including Heat and Flame Protective Clothing


He is a member of USA NFPA Correlating Committee for Fire & other Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment. Has attended meetings of the Inter Agency Board (IAB), a sub committee of Homeland Security


Chairs numerous CEN & ISO Committees and has worked as Lead for the EU Commission on a number of projects, particularly Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN).


*See list of my PPE Committees, all standards I am responsible for as Chair or Convener in BSI, CEN & ISO listed under my BSI Associate Consultant's role


He leads for the UK at the CEN PPE Sector Forum

Recent achievements:

  • BS 8617:2019 Cleaning, Maintenance and Repair of Firefighters PPE - Audits
  • Worked with a Local Authority to discharge 17 HSE Improvement Notices, a momumental effort recognised by the Cheif Executive and Directors. Then introduced a Health and Safety structure to the 113 outsourced schools.
  • Formerley providing top-down Health and Safety to Bloodhound SSC, world land speed record attempt at 1000MPH. 
  • Provided safety advice to the successful electric car world record attempt and successful steam car world record attempt.
  • Chairs all the CEN committees for Heat and Flame protective clothing (TC 162/WG2 Heat and Flame Protectice Clothing, Joint Working Group for Firefighters' PPE, ISO SC13 WG2 Test Methods for Heat and Flame Resistant Clothing.
  • Leads in IS0 SC14 Firefighters PPE, Chairing Working Group 1 General Requirments, WG2 Structural Firefighters PPE.
  • Expert to WG3 Wildland Firefighters PPE.
  • Chair of ISO Joint Working Group for Firefighters RPD
  • Secretary to ISO Joint Working Group Firefighters CBRN PPE
  • Worked closely with the UK Government Officials and UK Chief and Assistant Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) on PPE.

Present Contracts

  • Fire & Rescue Service New South Wales (Australia) PPE Advisor
  • Retained by numerous national and multi nationals PPE manufactuer's for standards advice and guidance
  • Top-down H&S advice to Bloodhound SSC.
  • Thetford Town Council H&S Consultant (previously)
  • Shropshire & Wrekin FRS, PPE/RPD Consultant
  • Sponsored Standards Office, with Fire & Rescue Services and Industry as Members
  • Presently providing PPE advice and guidance to several of the worlds largest companies, including: Dupont Nemours, MSA (USA), W. L. Gore, PBi Performance Products, 3M, Hainsworth Fabrics, Tencate, Bristol Uniforms Ltd, SIOEN, 
  • Fire Brigades Union
  • Ballyclare
  • Lion (USA)

Passed Interim Positions

  • Wallsall MDC
  • Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office
  • Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • UK Government Department Communities and Local Government
  • EU Commission CBRN Expert
  • EU Commission Emergency Management
  • Previously conducted PPE work for Buckinghamshire FRS, Cleveland FRS, Hereford & Worcester FRS, Merseyside FRS, Norfolk FRS, Oxfordshire FRS, Staffordshire FRS, Tyne & Wear FRS, West Midlands FRS
  • Newquay Airport
  • British Airports Authority
  • Walsall MDC
  • SERCO Schools
  • G4S
  • Runshaw College
  • Images at Work Ltd
  • Retained Firefighters Union
  • Fenland
  • Morning Pride
  • Total Fire group
  • Honeywell
  • Lion n(USA)
  • Oakwood School

Contact detaisl; Fire & Industrial (PPE) Safety Services Ltd, The Hideaway, 56 Chantry Lane, Necton, Norfolk PE37 8ET

Tel +44 (0) 1760 622403, Mob 07736 180445 Email