EFL Fire & Security have been awarded BAFE SP205 Accreditation in recognition of its quality of Fire Risk Assessment consultation.
Managing Director Tony Clark comments “once again we are setting ourselves apart from the competition, excelling in all areas of Fire & Security. We welcome third party accreditation to make sure that we are maintaining high levels of service and professional advice to our clients”.
Until now there has been little in the industry to help ensure that fire risk assessments have been undertaken to an acceptable standard and in a number of recent cases, this has proved to be fatal.
What is BAFE SP205?
BAFE SP205 is an industry standard for companies undertaking fire risk assessments. It sets out criteria and requirements for not only the competency of those carrying out the risk assessments, but the competency of those who review and ‘sign off’ the reports before they are issued. It also makes requirements for the company’s quality management standards.
Achieving certification involves a rigorous examination and assessment by a 3rd party certification body of the company’s management systems and processes, and evaluation of the technical competency of the staff. At EFL staff are witnessed carrying out fire risk assessments, and their reports are reviewed. They continue to be evaluated in this way as part of ongoing monitoring of the company’s standards.It is essential that the fire risk assessor is a competent person, and the fire risk assessor has a duty of care to the organization on which legislation imposes a requirement for the fire risk assessment.
SP205 specifies that Organisations have the required technical and quality management capabilities and risk assessment staff meet appropriate standards. The scheme has been designed to meet the requirements of fire risk assessment providers large and small, recognising that there are many individuals working as assessors. BAFE has been working closely with the Competency Council to monitor and develop Risk Assessor competence criteria and is delivered by UKAS accredited Certification Bodies that assess and routinely monitor Organisations performance against the scheme criteria.