Euralarm issues White Paper on Outsourcing the Maintenance of Fire Safety and Security Systems

Euralarm has published a White Paper on Outsourcing the Maintenance of Fire Safety and Security Systems that’s specifically intended for building owners and managers. The purpose of the document is to create awareness around the risks of outsourcing this key function and afford guidelines when it comes to avoiding or minimising those risks. 

More and more building owners and managers are now outsourcing the maintenance of their buildings and systems to specialised FM companies. By doing so, the fire safety and security systems are often bundled together with other types of systems into one maintenance service contract. This type of approach lowers the overall costs, states Euralarm, while also reducing the number of service suppliers involved.

However, the maintaining of fire safety and security systems by generalist service suppliers also brings the risk of non-specialists becoming responsible for that maintenance.

For their part, the building owner or operator is responsible for ensuring that service providers are qualified and certified to carry out the work according to European and local standards, regulations and laws. In the event that a fire safety or security system fails to work properly, proof of verification from sub-contractors is crucial, stating they not only have the necessary qualifications and competent staff, but are also proficient in the appropriate standards, regulations and laws.

Euralarm is driving the establishment of quality levels for services tied to fire safety and security systems and has defined the levels of competence required of both organisations and employees involved in the planning, design, installation, commissioning, verification, handover and maintenance of such systems.

Euralarm encourages building owners and managers to use European Standard EN 16763 as a guidance document and to build the requirements for valid third party certification into tenders and contracts when deciding which service provider to choose.

*An electronic copy of the new Euralarm White Paper can be downloaded here

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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