If you want to use appropriately Third Party Certificated providers for the specific fire safety work you require don’t just specify, verify!
Don’t Just Specify, Verify! Third Party Certification
Specifying a competent, Third Party Certificated fire safety service provider is a responsible action to help meet your fire safety obligations. Before awarding any contract however, it is just as important to verify their Third Party Certification is appropriate for the work you require. This verification is extremely important, as BAFE Registration or any Third Party Certification does not determine evidence of competency for all fire safety services. End users (e.g. premises management) must be vigilant to ensure they exercise due diligence.
Third Party Certification is always for a specific service, this in most instances will never cover all services a provider may offer. Providers may have Third Party Certification for multiple services, but each service offered will have had to undergo independent assessment to provide evidence of their competency for that specific area.
The BAFE Fire Safety Register is an online publicly available register. Results will always clearly state exactly which services the provider is Third Party Certificated (to BAFE Schemes). Companies may be Third Party Certificated for other services that BAFE do not offer, but this is your responsibility to check before awarding any contract.
In the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report, Dame Judith Hackitt discussed the “golden thread” of responsibility. This will affect positive change in the provision of fire safety action and recording of this throughout the entire lifecycle of a building. It states, “The [new] regulator will hold dutyholders [responsible persons/premises management] to account, ensure that the standards are met and take action against those who fail to meet the requirements.”
In the instance that you require specific services that the BAFE Schemes do not cover, it is still strongly advised to check if your chosen provider is appropriately Third Party Certificated via another organisation.