NSI awarded UKAS accreditation for Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has accredited the National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme (incorporating BAFE SP206), effective from 21 February 2019.

The NSI is the first certification body in the UK licensed by BAFE – the UK’s independent register of quality fire safety service providers – to independently audit and issue approvals to companies who design, install, commission, recharge and maintain commercial kitchen fire protection systems.

Approved companies now have the authority to issue NSI/BAFE Certificates of Compliance at the time of installation and subsequent maintenance visits. Those who use and/or are responsible for premises housing commercial kitchens can demonstrate due diligence in maintaining safe, fit-for-purpose facilities by holding a valid certificate.

The new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme requires approved companies to evidence ongoing competence of engineers. This, together with issued Certificates of Compliance, ensures the design integrity of new installations, the correct completion of periodic maintenance and inspection to confirm the installation requirements remain valid or, where necessary, that installations are suitably adapted.

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “Achieving UKAS accreditation for this important new scheme – a first within the UK market – is testament to the capability the NSI has in delivering in this critical area. In the last year, the media has reported several instances of fires breaking out in commercial kitchens. Any instance is one too many. The risk of unextinguished fire to people, property and Fire and Rescue Services personnel attending incidents is clear. The NSI wholly supports the drive by BAFE, insurers and the professional industry to encourage Best Practice in tackling this risk.”

Particular value is seen in providing installers with the capability to re-issue Certificates of Compliance – much like an ‘MOT’ – on completion of scheduled maintenance visits, providing assurance to building occupiers and insurers alike that building operators are taking their responsibilities seriously in ensuring that hazardous environments are adequately protected.

Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams

Installers of kitchen fire protection systems can find out more about the new scheme at the NSI Summit on 21 March at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham where Chris Auger, BAFE’s scheme manager, is presenting an insightful overview session highlighting the key criteria required to demonstrate competency.

Stephen Adams, BAFE’s CEO, said: “We’re very pleased that the NSI has been awarded UKAS accreditation to deliver BAFE’s SP206 Scheme. The NSI has been involved from the outset and has played a pivotal role in developing this new scheme. We welcome the NSI’s rigorous independent assessment within this sector where fire industry/insurance data shows food and drink-related fires are statistically the third most likely cause of large fires.”

About the Author
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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