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BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Scheme – Technician Competency Portfolio

BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Scheme – Technician Competency Portfolio


Information regarding fire extinguisher competency for the BAFE SP101 scheme.

As a key part of the revision of the SP101 scheme (that came into effect 01/10/2017), BAFE has strengthened the Technician Competency Portfolio. This underpins the BAFE onsite assessment and verification and is crucial to a Technician earning the BAFE Diploma and therefore vital for a company to gain and maintain BAFE SP101 registration to provide fire extinguisher services.

 

As a key part of the revision of the SP101 scheme, BAFE has strengthened the Technician Competency Portfolio. This underpins the BAFE onsite assessment and verification and is crucial to a Technician earning the BAFE Diploma and therefore vital for a company to gain and maintain BAFE registration.


Key changes to this are as follows:

 

  • Additional requirements for the understanding and application of BS5306-8 (Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers) have been added, including map/diagram elements for completion by the technician and walk around with BAFE assessor on-site.
  • Additional competency questions regarding BS5306-3 (Commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers).
  • The addition of competency requirements for Asbestos Awareness and Health and Safety training.
  • Stronger focus on technician competency with the removal of management system questions as these elements are covered by certification body audit.

The Technician Competency Portfolio demonstrates evidence of the industry/field skills and expertise required to competently complete the fire extinguisher works required. To continue to acknowledge BAFE fire extinguisher technicians as the best in the industry, we ensure they are competent in the following areas:

 

  • Planning and organisation (i.e. vehicle safety/appropriate equipment for customer site preparation).
  • Health and safety/environment (i.e. key duties under legislation/safety precautions).
  • Assessing fire risk and making recommendations (i.e. understanding of which extinguishers should be used/understanding of BS5306 Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises).
  • Installation of portable fire extinguisher equipment (i.e. mounting of extinguishers/use of power tools in buildings).
  • Service and maintenance of fire extinguishers (i.e. disposing of media/actions for unsafe or unlikely to operate extinguishers).

They must also provide documentation to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of what types of extinguisher should be used and where these should be sited.

Evidence must also be provided of original/refresher certificates for the successful completion of the examTheory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’, Asbestos Awareness and Health and Safety training.

Successful completion of the Technician Competency Portfolio, with the BAFE Assessor, is the key element for gaining the BAFE Diploma.

Elements of technician competency will be monitored on an ongoing basis during field assessments every three years.

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