BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessment Scheme consultation period now open

BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers, has opened a five-week public consultation period on the organisation’s proposed revision of its BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessment Scheme.

The value of third party certification is increasingly being recognised, and this is especially important regarding the competency of fire risk assessment providers.

Fire risk assessments are fundamental for supporting the responsible person/duty holder to ensure ongoing fire safety in a given building, so it’s crucial that a competent provider able to evidence that competency is used.

The BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessment Scheme is regularly monitored and has been under review due to demand from the industry to make it more approachable for sole traders. BAFE has listened to the industry and – with support from the dedicated monitoring group which is made up of industry experts – developed the proposed updated document for comment.

BAFE schemes manager Chris Auger stated: “This effort to offer accessible third party certification to the many sole traders providing fire risk assessment services for end users is to aid the industry in leading the drive for competent providers performing this work to a high standard. This has been a challenging process, but the outcome is that both sole traders and all sizes of organisation can now become third party certificated and BAFE registered without diminishing the requirements for competence.”

Principal changes include a dedicated sole trader application process which acts as a ‘pre-audit’ assisting in preparation for the full certification body assessment for SP205. The full BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessment proposed Scheme Document is available to view on the BAFE website.

BAFE encourages the industry and all interested parties to read the document and provide comment during its open consultation period (which is running from 5 April through until 10 May).

Click here to access the BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessment proposed Scheme Document and for information on how to provide comment

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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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