Specifying a competent, Third Party Certificated fire safety service provider is a responsible action to help meet your fire safety obligations.
Don’t Just Specify, Verify! Third Party Certification
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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.
When sourcing help, make sure you specify competent fire safety providers and verify their Third Party Certification is appropriate and valid for the work required.
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.
What is Third Party Certification?
Watch the BAFE video explaining UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification.
The BAFE Fire Safety Register is an online publicly available register. Results will always clearly state exactly to 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.”
Other Third Party Certification registers are available. BAFE Registered Companies may be Third Party Certificated from other UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies for additional services not listed on the BAFE Fire Safety Register. Check when sourcing a company for specific fire safety requirements to confirm this.
Legal obligations nationwide require the appointed responsible person for fire safety for commercial/non-domestic premises to have adequate fire protection.