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BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Scheme – Asbestos Awareness / Health and Safety

BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Scheme – Asbestos Awareness / Health and Safety


Information regarding Asbestos Awareness / Health and Safety training for BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Technicians

Download a list of BAFE SP101 accepted accreditations for asbestos awareness and health and safety training providers here

 

Since October 2017, the BAFE SP101 scheme now includes additional training requirements for fire extinguisher technicians. This guidance seeks to clarify what is acceptable evidence that fire extinguisher technicians have received this additional training.

 

This was a direct response from feedback, to further enhance the position of a BAFE fire extinguisher technician as the best in the industry, with their employers, customers and BAFE confident in their abilities to provide these services in the field. The training standards listed below represent our current requirements, which may develop with the implementation of the revised scheme.

Asbestos Awareness - Why is this important?

Many of our registered organisations already recognise that their staff may encounter situations where they could be exposed to asbestos within clients’ premises. BAFE considers that every BAFE registered fire extinguisher technician should have received certificated training in asbestos awareness that prepares them to recognise the types of asbestos, understand the risks and learn how to avoid them. Organisations will also be expected to recognize their duty of care and have procedures in place to support their technicians if they find or are exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

 

There are two main asbestos awareness training standards bodies recognised by the HSE

UKATA (United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association) www.ukata.org.uk
IATP (Independent Asbestos Training Providers) www.iatp.org.uk

Only training courses which have been accredited by one of the above bodies will be acceptable under the BAFE SP101 scheme.

BAFE SP101 registered organisations will have to provide evidence that all of their fire extinguisher technicians have been trained on one of these courses for asbestos awareness.

Health and Safety at Work - Why is this important?

Many registered companies already have Health & Safety training for their staff and BAFE has acknowledged that this should be recognised as a formal requirement in their Assessment Portfolio. The formal principles of Health & Safety are both a legal requirement and good practice to demonstrate the competence of a registered technician.

 

How will this be implemented?


There are many Health & Safety Trainers who offer certificated courses. For them to be acceptable under the SP101 Scheme the course should have been accredited by one of the following Accreditation Bodies:

CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) www.citb.co.uk
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) www.rospa.com 
IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) www.iosh.co.uk 
NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) www.nebosh.org.uk

 

Evidence that a Fire Extinguisher Technician holds a CSCS, CCNSG Safety Passport or equivalent card will be deemed to comply with the Health and Safety requirements also.


Only training courses which have been accredited by one of the above bodies will be acceptable under the BAFE SP101 scheme.

 

BAFE SP101 registered organisations will have to provide certificated evidence that Technicians have successfully been trained on a course accredited by one of the accreditation bodies listed for health and safety at work.

What areas of Health and Safety Training should be covered?

General Requirements for Certificated Health and Safety Training are as follows:

 

  • The need to prevent accidents
  • Health and safety law
  • How your role fits into the control and management of the site
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Performing safely and asking for advice
    - The importance of safe manual handling
    - Working safely at height
    - Risks to health
    - Working safely around plant and equipment
    - Slips and trips
    - Noise
    - Vibration
    - Hazardous substances
    - Alcohol and drugs
    - Personal protective equipment
  • Fatalities, injuries and ill health
  • Emergencies and first aid
  • Reporting accidents and ill health

Additional accreditation organisations and clarification of requirements may be added to this guidance in the future at BAFE’s discretion. If you feel another accreditation for training providers should be added to the accepted list please contact the BAFE Office.

Evidence that a Fire Extinguisher Technician holds a CSCS or equivalent card will be deemed to comply with these requirements.

When do my existing BAFE registered fire extinguisher technicians need to gain these additional competency requirements?

All BAFE fire extinguisher technicians registered before October 2017 must have certificated evidence of asbestos awareness and health and safety at work training by the end of December 2018 and will be assessed to these new requirements. This may mean that some technicians may be assessed prior to their scheduled assessment.

 

All previous provisional fire extinguisher technicians (that applied before 01/10/2017) will also be required to gain these additional competencies by the end of December 2018. This only applies if provisional technicians were assessed and verified as a full BAFE fire extinguisher technician by 31st December 2017.

 

The revised SP101 scheme document came into effect 01/10/2017.

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