During Business Safety Week 2018 on Friday 14 September, the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service ran a live stream and Q&A on its Facebook page. While discussing fire risk assessments, fire protection officer Daryl Townsend stated that, although businesses can complete these assessments themselves, having a competent provider who holds UKAS-accredited third party certification is the stronger option to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation.
“I cannot emphasise strongly enough that having a competent person conducting fire risk assessments is far better than doing this in-house. If businesses do have somebody in to conduct this process, we would emphasies the word ‘competent’. There are various third party accreditation schemes available, one of which is available through BAFE and sits underneath the UKAS accreditation scheme system.”
The BAFE scheme Townsend references is the BAFE Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment (SP205) scheme. Businesses requiring assistance with their fire risk assessment can find a BAFE-registered company third party certificated to this scheme using the free search tool available at www.bafe.org.uk.
Signing off the live stream, the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service urged viewers to review their fire safety policies: “We would ask that you take a little bit of time to look at your place of work, the buildings you manage (or own) and think about fire safety, what it means and how you can ensure the safety of your staff, your colleagues, your business and the public.”
*A recording of the live stream can be watched on the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirefireandrescueservice/videos/232817557414937/
**Further information on the BAFE Life Safety Fire Risk Assesment (SP205) is available here
****The National Fire Chiefs Council’s Business Safety Week ran from 10-16 September 2018 https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/News/nfcc-business-safety-week/210742