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BAFE - Coronavirus Latest News

BAFE - Coronavirus Latest News

Latest information from BAFE regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Please refer to your Certification Body for further information regarding coronavirus and BAFE scheme assessment/s (as these are delivered via UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies licensed by BAFE).

Please refer to training providers (external of BAFE) for their own coronavirus procedures regarding BS5306 training/exam.

Please find links below for the latest information published by BAFE regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).


It is important to note information was appropriate at the time it was published. BAFE continue to monitor the situation and is taking measures to ensure everyone remains safe. BAFE will post updates on our news section when required (posts will also appear here for reference).


BAFE remind all that fire safety obligations continue as normal

Published 04/02/2021


Asymptomatic testing support increased for businesses in construction and other priority sectors

Published 02/02/2021


New national lockdown restrictions do not restrict fire safety work

Published 05/01/2021


Secretary of State publishes open letter to the construction sector

Published 17/11/2020


BAFE publish important considerations for users of emergency lighting systems during and after premises lockdown

Published 09/11/2020


New lockdown measures and the fire safety industry

Published 04/11/2020


Site Operating Procedures Version 6 Now Available

Published 20/10/2020


Coronavirus Update 02/10/2020 – BAFE Scheme assessment and temporary certification issuing update

Published 02/10/2020


New COVID-19 restrictions do not affect fire safety work, but the industry can continue good practice to limit virus transmission

Published 23/09/2020


BSI “Safe Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines” available for comment

Published 04/08/2020


Coronavirus Update - BAFE SP101 Registered Companies 30/07/2020

Published 30/07/2020


Are you required to maintain social distancing during an emergency evacuation?

This article is reproduced from Croner-i Business Essentials and with kind permission of Croner-i Ltd.

Published 02/07/2020


Could employers be prosecuted if their employees come to harm due to COVID-19?

This article is reproduced from Croner-i Business Essentials and with kind permission of Croner-i Ltd.

Published 01/07/2020


BAFE welcomes announcement by Government that will help fire safety work to continue

Published 23/06/2020


Coronavirus Update 12/06/2020 - Preparing for BAFE Scheme assessment

Published 12/06/2020


Fire and Rescue Services nationwide stress Coronavirus is no excuse for disregarding fire safety responsibilities

Published 11/06/2020


West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service publish advice for business premises preparing to reopen

Information published by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service 01/06/2020


Construction Leadership Council publish Roadmap to Recovery

Information published by Construction Leadership Council 01/06/2020


NSI announces audit and assessment programmes will resume effective from 1st June 2020

Information published by NSI 27/05/2020


BAFE warns fire safety should be addressed as soon as possible as we ease out of coronavirus lockdown

Published 26/05/2020


Scottish Government publish route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis

Information published by Scottish Government 21/05/2020


SSAIB publish information regarding COVID-19 Remote Auditing

Information published 22/05/2020


Scottish Government and Supplier Development Programme Launch Survey on Supplier Relief

Please note this survey will close 22/05/2020

Information published 20/05/2020


Construction Leadership Council publish updates to Site Operating Procedures (Version 4)

Information published by Construction Leadership Council 19/05/2020


AXA publish guidance for businesses which are re-opening in the coronavirus pandemic

Published 14/05/2020


BAFE Chief Executive discusses competent fire safety and Third Party Certification on the FSM Podcast

Brian Sims asked Stephen Adams if he wished to use the platform to say anything regarding the current coronavirus pandemic situation and what this meant for the future of the fire safety industry.

Published 14/05/2020


BAFE Chief Executive to speak at the Fire Safety Event’s Online Webinar 15/05/2020

Stephen Adams, Chief Executive – BAFE, will be speaking about the importance of Third Party Certification and the current coronavirus pandemic and the working environment.

Published 14/05/2020


Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee

Information published by HM Government 13/05/2020


Government guidance released outlining COVID-19 recovery strategy and returning to work

Information published by HM Government 11/05/2020


Cabinet Office publish Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency

Information published by Cabinet Office 07/05/2020


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service update response to automatic fire alarm activations during coronavirus pandemic

Published 01/05/2020


Government National Careers Service provide skills toolkit with free online courses

Published 01/05/2020


BEIS provide webinar about financial support for small businesses during coronavirus (05/05/2020)

Published 30/04/2020


100% Government backed loan scheme for small businesses announced

Published 28/04/2020


Coronavirus Guidance for on-site construction sites

Information published by Construction Industry Council (CIC) 24/04/2020


CIC Webinar 23/04/2020 - Recovery from the Age of Coronavirus

Information from Construction Industry Council (CIC) 22/04/2020


SSAIB Still Providing Certification Despite Coronavirus Crisis

Information published by SSAIB 17/04/2020


Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March

Information published by HM Treasury 15/04/2020


Minister of State defines Key Worker Status directly to FIA

Information Published by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) 15/04/2020


Construction Leadership Council publish updates to Site Operating Procedures Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Information published by Construction Leadership Council 15/04/2020


Construction Industry Council Webinar on Employment and Jobs during the current coronavirus crisis 15/04/2020

Published 15/04/2020


Fire Sector Federation Information to Members

Information distributed and published by Fire Sector Federation 08/04/2020


Cabinet Office moves to further protect suppliers after coronavirus

Information published by Public Sector Executive 07/04/2020


Security and arson protection advice for building and business owners and insurers – a free guide to managing the risk during the COVID-19 outbreak

Information from FPA (Fire Protection Association) and RISCAuthority 03/04/2020


Construction Leadership Council publish Site Operating Procedures

Information published by Construction Leadership Council 23/03/2020 (updated 02/04/2020)


BAFE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 01/04/2020

Published 01/04/2020


BAFE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for BAFE SP101 Registered Companies 01/04/2020

Published 01/04/2020


NSI announces suspension of audit and assessments in April and May in response to COVID-19

Information from NSI published 01/04/2020


Gas safety certificates urged to be extended by Housing Associations

Published 01/04/2020


Construction Leadership Council write letter to the Prime Minister

Published 01/04/2020


Construction Industry Council distribute information about job retention and travelling to work

Information from the Construction Industry Council (CIC) 30/03/2020


A message to all BAFE Registered Companies

Published 27/03/2020


IFSM publish information on performing Fire Risk Assessments during the coronavirus pandemic

Information published by IFSM 26/03/2020


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue is advising businesses to review fire risk assessments

Information published by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service 25/03/2020


BESA Webinar questions if safety providers should continue with maintenance work

Information from BESA Coronavirus Guidance Webinar 25/03/2020


Construction Industry Council help clarify critical work

Information published by Construction Industry Council 24/03/2020


Fire Sector Federation publish coronavirus update

Information published by Fire Sector Federation 24/03/2020


Coronavirus Update 24/03/2020

Published 24/03/2020


Local Councils ordered to pay contractors during coronavirus pandemic

Published 24/03/2020


Position with regard to construction sites

Information from CIC (Construction Industry Council) with regard to construction sites and latest restrictions.

Published 24/03/2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice - BAFE Office

Please note the BAFE office is temporarily closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Staff safety is a priority and we will be working from home.

Published 23/03/2020


Fire safety during the coronavirus pandemic

Published 23/03/2020


Home Office informs the FIA about Key Worker status of fire safety personnel

Published 23/03/2020


Coronavirus Update - BAFE SP101 Registered Companies

Published 20/03/2020


FIA respond to the latest government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic (FIA transitions to remote learning)

Published 19/03/2020


Coronavirus Guidance for BAFE Registered Companies - Access to client premises

Published 17/03/2020


IFEDA has postponed all training courses until at least 1st June

Published 17/03/2020


Coronavirus Notice - Guidance relating to BS5306 fire extinguisher exam invigilation and fire extinguisher technician assessments

Published 10/03/2020

Further Information (External Links)*

Please refer to GOV.UK Guidance for latest information and advice






Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

- Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak



Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

- Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)



Business Support - Business Closures and Stay at Home FAQs



Remediation and COVID-19: Building Safety update (Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government)



International Workplace - Coronavirus Sources of Information



AXA Business Support - Back to Business



*BAFE is not responsible for any external content.

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