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).