BAFE is the independent registration body for third party certified fire protection companies across the UK. They maintain a register of certified fire safety service providers and BAFE Approval Schemes set the industry standards for the fire protection industry.
Their campaign Don’t Just Specify, Verify! has been established to create greater awareness of Third Party Certification in the fire safety sector.
This new initiative aims at raising awareness of approval schemes amongst premises management (i.e. the Responsible Person/Duty Holder) to ensure they understand that quality regulation is present in the fire safety industry through UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification. Premises managers are also encouraged to specify this requirement when selecting providers.
Matt Gantley, CEO of UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) says: “UKAS is delighted to see this important initiative from BAFE and we offer it our full support. Accredited third-party certification of fire safety services is an essential element of fulfilling statutory obligations. UKAS is the only Accreditation Body recognised by the UK Government and BAFE have always shown great commitment to meeting this ‘gold standard’”.
Stephen Adams, Chief Executive of BAFE, adds: “It is excellent to report UKAS’ support for the ‘Don’t Just Specify, Verify!’ campaign. This campaign is to benefit all UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification in the fire safety industry, not just BAFE, as we feel evidential competence is the key issue here for life safety. The wider public needs to be aware of these options to be confident they are using competent providers. This can reassure them an appropriate provider is being used, especially at this time when so many businesses are planning to get back to work and need to review their fire safety protection.”
Alcumus ISOQAR is accredited to certify contractors to the BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians scheme.
Celia Rawlinson, Sales Director at ISOQAR, says: “BAFE Approval Schemes set the industry standards for the fire protection industry. We’re proud to support this initiative to raise awareness and improve safety standards. It’s also worth remembering that there are different routes to becoming registered and so it’s worth speaking to our colleagues to find out how this can be achieved, it may be less work than you think.”
Further information on Third Party Certification and BAFE’s Don’t Just Specify, Verify! campaign.