BAFE issues revised document for dedicated SP205 fire risk assessment scheme

Following a thorough review process and a five-week public consultation period, BAFE has now launched the revised document for fire risk assessment providers. A major point of the review was to maintain the robust certification process, while also acknowledging the large number of sole traders and in-house fire safety teams looking to gain this independent evidence of their competency.

With assessments delivered via UKAS-accredited certification bodies the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, BAFE remains “fiercely confident” that the SP205 scheme continues to represent the best measures of competency in providing the vital service of fire risk assessment.

Stephen Adams, BAFE’s CEO, told Risk Xtra: “After the Lakanal House fire in July 2009, BAFE and other organisations were asked by Government to provide a competency scheme for fire risk assessments which we subsequently delivered in 2012. This major review reflects our ongoing commitment to quality and safety regarding the importance of a fire risk assessor’s competency to perform this task in the interest first and foremost of life safety. As the Hackitt Review groups reach their conclusions, we will continue to review this scheme against new requirements that arise.”

Notable changes to the BAFE SP205 scheme document include:

*revised and clearer management system requirements for sole traders with guidance

*a specific sole trader application process acknowledging current membership status to a professional trade body and/or current certification

Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams

*all sub-contractors must be third party certificated (by a UKAS-accredited third party certification body) in their own right

*sole traders sub-contracting to another larger organisation should have their fire risk assessments validated in a separate exercise by that larger organisation

*enhanced report monitoring for sole traders

Certification to the BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme is highly regarded as a means of sourcing a quality fire risk assessment provider for your requirements. This is listed within the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council’s ‘Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor’ which is published on the National Fire Chiefs Council’s website.

*For further information on BAFE SP205 and to view the new version of the document, visit the BAFE website www.bafe.org.uk

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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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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