BAFE tailors Fire Risk Assessment Scheme to sole traders

BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers, has revised the Scheme Document for its Fire Risk Assessment Scheme (BAFE SP205).

Targeted at fire-risk assessment providers the updated document emerged from a comprehensive review and five-week public consultation.

The review identified a need to help sole traders and in-house fire safety teams gain independent evidence of their competency without diluting the robust certification process.

Notable changes to the BAFE SP205 Scheme Document include:

  • Clearer Management System requirements for Sole Traders with guidance
  • A new Sole Trader application process, acknowledging current membership status to a professional trade body and/or current certification.
  • All subcontractors must be Third Party Certificated (by a UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification Body) in their own right
  • Sole Traders subcontracting to another larger organisation should have their Fire Risk Assessments validated in a separate exercise by that larger organisation
  • Enhanced report monitoring for Sole Traders

“After the Lakanal House fire in July 2009, BAFE and other organisations were asked by government to provide a competency scheme for fire risk assessments – which we delivered in 2012,” said Stephen Adams, chief executive of BAFE.

“This major review reflects our ongoing commitment to quality and safety regarding the importance of a Fire Risk Assessors competency to perform this task in the interest first and foremost of life safety. As the Hackitt Review groups reach their conclusions we will continue to review this scheme against new requirements that arise.”

Certification to BAFE SP205 serves as evidence of competence when ‘responsible persons‘ are sourcing fire risk assessment providers. This is listed within the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council’s Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor which is published on the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) website.

Assessments are delivered via UKAS-accredited certification bodies NSI and SSAIB.

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