NSI has announced it has been granted UKAS accreditation to deliver BAFE’s emergency lighting scheme (SP203-4). Organisations applying for this scheme will become both NSI and BAFE approved. SP203-4 is a modular scheme allowing companies to be approved by NSI for the module(s) of work which they provide. This recognises that a number of installations are designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by different companies. Companies are able to be approved by NSI for one or more of these modules. Approval proves the competence of companies to undertake the relevant scopes of work, and enables them to issue certificates of compliance for insurance companies and enforcing authorities (such as fire and rescue services and building control), proving that the work has been undertaken correctly. Emergency lighting is now fitted in virtually all industrial, commercial and high occupancy residential buildings, and systems play a crucial role in the event of power failures. When considering the need for emergency lighting, the requirements of Approved Document B of The Building Regulations and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the equivalent legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, should be taken into account. Any emergency lighting installation should meet the recommendations of BS 5266 1:2011 and be designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by ‘competent persons’.
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.