Fire and Rescue Service stresses “competent providers” should be used by businesses for fire risk assessments “if required”

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

***Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council’s Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor

****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

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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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