BAFE unveils new scheme to assess competency of dry riser/wet riser service and maintenance providers

Over 12 months in the making and taking into account comments elicited during a public consultation period, the new BAFE Competency of Organisations for the Service and Maintenance of Dry and Wet Riser/Falling Installations (SP105) Scheme is the first of its kind to assess competency to deliver this service.

Chris Auger, head of schemes at BAFE, said: “It’s crucial that BAFE represents the best levels of quality for the fire safety industry to achieve. It’s possible that there are thousands of dry and wet riser installations nationwide. We acted on the fact that a method of determining a provider’s competency to deliver this important service was required. I’m very happy to say we’ve delivered this to the industry, and I’m also confident this is a crucial step forward in the current climate of fire safety competence.” 

Stephen Adams, BAFE’s CEO, added: “BAFE continues its commitment to develop and maintain competency schemes in support of Responsible Persons (ie duty holders/end users) and specifiers of fire safety services. The new SP105 Scheme demonstrates this, offering a way in which to source an evidentially competent provider for wet and dry riser maintenance. It’s an area of detail that I’m honestly surprised the industry hasn’t demanded until now.” 

*Further information regarding the BAFE Competency of Organisations for the Service and Maintenance of Dry and Wet Riser/Falling Installations (SP105) Scheme can be found on the BAFE website

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