The revised SP101: Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians scheme went live on 1 October having been reviewed and enhanced to ensure that it continues to provide the best assurances to the industry and its customers of what defines a quality provider of fire extinguisher services in today’s market.
The scheme review also updated and strengthened the role of the fire extinguisher technician. A BAFE-registered fire extinguisher technician has always been the defining way of verifying that a competent person is working at a given premises. This has now been enhanced further by including additional technical competence to the revised sections of BS 5306: Fire Extinguishing Installations and Equipment on Premises as well as requirements for having training in asbestos awareness and Health and Safety procedures.
The technician competency portfolio used by BAFE’s assessors has also been reviewed, ensuring that all technicians who gain the esteemed BAFE Diploma continue to be the best in the industry. Passing the BS 5306 examination is only the first step in demonstrating an understanding of the relevant standards to work competently in the field.
The requirements of this scheme continue to offer peace of mind for those specifying a competent provider that a BAFE SP101-registered company with proficient fire extinguisher technicians is an assured quality decision.
*More information about the BAFE SP101: Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians scheme can be found on the organisation’s website at www.bafe.org.uk