British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) invited key figures from the fire protection industry together with members of the press to a launch event for the new SP205 Fire Risk Assessment scheme.

BAFE scheme SP205 has been developed for companies who provide a Fire Risk Assessment service for others. This scheme is designed to give assurance to those commissioning fire risk assessments and give confidence in the quality and relevance of the services being provided. SP205 has been a long awaited scheme which has taken a team of well-established fire professionals' time to develop and finalise. The scheme, as with all BAFE schemes, will constantly evolve and continue to be reviewed, said a spokesperson.

BAFE Chairman Phil Toase welcomed guests to the event and paid tribute to all of those involved in developing the scheme. He explained: "Development of independent schemes to ensure quality of fire protection and fire safety in the built environment has always been close to my heart. 

"I have seen the misery and disruption caused by fire and I believe the wider fire community has a duty to ensure that everything possible is done to minimise these catastrophic effects.  Third party certification ensures that independent bodies regularly assess the competence of companies to deliver their services."

Iain Cox, CFO of Royal Berkshire FRS, commented: "The requirement for a competent person is mentioned frequently in the DCLG Fire Safety Guides and I welcome UKAS accredited schemes to meet the need for fire risk assessments."

BAFE registered companies will have an annual surveillance audit by their certification body to ensure that they continue to comply with the scheme requirements. Once certificated, they will be able to use the BAFE logo applicable to the scheme on promotional material, letterheads, websites etc.
Four Certification bodies are now working with UKAS, the government accreditation service, to achieve the requirements to certificate the new scheme and details are available on the BAFE website. BAFE anticipates that the first certification licenses with be granted in the early autumn 2012.
Kevin Belson, Technical Manager, UKAS commented: "UKAS has enjoyed supporting BAFE over a number of years and are happy to be involved again in SP205.

"UKAS accreditation means that purchasers and end users can have confidence that the Certification Bodies invoked in the scheme have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability."

The Competency Council, chaired by Iain Cox, has published its guidance documents for individual fire risk assessors and BAFE will continue to work closely with them and other bodies to ensure that standards are developed that can be incorporated into the requirements for companies.

 

Details of SP205 are available from the BAFE website: www.bafe.org.uk 

 

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 1400 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com