The aim of this scheme is to enable organisations requiring fire extinguisher maintenance to meet the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, to employ a third party certified company and service personnel with recognised competency in fire extinguisher service and maintenance.
If you require fire extinguisher maintenance and servicing for your organisation you should use a BAFE Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians’ SP101/ST104 registered company.
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Companies cannot register to this BAFE scheme without at least one technician that has passed one of the recognised exams offered by BAFE, IFEDA or BFC. Technicians cannot register independently - It is a scheme pre-requisite that a technician requiring registration must be employed by an organisation who operate an approved ISO9001 Quality System (to the scope of the BAFE SP101 scheme) from an approved Third Party Certification Body. Also a BAFE registered company must use only BAFE registered Technicians to do this work.
To ensure all registered companies are fully complying with this scheme, BAFE monitors registered companies and number of technicians. If there is evidence of any discrepancies then action will be taken.
How to register your fire protection company to BAFE Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians’ SP101/ST104 Scheme
Check requirements. Do you have an ISO9001 certificate from a BAFE listed UKAS Certification Body with a scope to BAFE SP101? You must have this to be registered on this scheme. (ISO9001 without the appropriate scope is not acceptable)
The purpose of this is to enable companies to demonstrate their competence in the relevant sectors of the fire protection industry through ongoing auditing by a Third Party Certification Body, in this instance the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.
For detailed scheme information about compliance with ISO9001 (to the scope of BAFE SP101) please download BAFE Scheme Document and Guidance Notes inc. Technical Note 1
If you now hold ISO9001 certification (to the scope of BAFE SP101), go to step 2. If not, please view our Certification Bodies List for this scheme and contact them for information on how to obtain this. Once you have completed this process with your chosen Certification Body you can proceed to step 2.
Complete the Company Application Form SP101 (This can be filled out on the Word document and sent back via email or print out and sent via post). With this you need to include a copy of your ISO9001 (To the scope for BAFE SP101) certificate.
With your SP101 form (from step 2) you must also include applications for all of your technicians who service fire extinguishers. They must have completed the recognised exam:
‘Theory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’
BAFE recognises the exams taken via IFEDA, BFC and BAFE. This must be kept this up to date with refresher training every three years after passing the initial exam.
Complete the Technicians Application Formfor each technician you have with copies of their initial exam/refresher certificates and a photo (this can be filled out on the word document and sent back via email with a digital photo).
Once you have all your documents ready these should be sent to BAFE accompanied with a joining fee payment of £230+VAT (BACS or cheque). For all other fee information please see step 8.
Once your company has been approved and registered with BAFE you will be sent a Registered Technician’s Record and provisional ID badges for all registered Technicians in preparation for their BAFE assessor visit.
Your company will then be added to the BAFE website, which will enable all users searching for Third Party Certified BAFE registered fire protection companies to access your company’s information.
At this point you will be allowed to display the correct BAFE logo that relates to your scheme. Contact BAFE for digital versions of logos relating to your scheme for use on web/print/vehicles.
You will then be sent an invoice for the BAFE annual fee of £170+VAT which is charged pro-rata for the first year. The technician fees are £23+VAT per month per Technician. These are invoiced quarterly in arrears.
The continuing assessment activity ensures that the company maintains the system and processes in place to ensure on going compliance to the scheme requirements, this should also provide opportunities for business process improvement in organisations.
Most importantly, it provides the end user/customer with the confidence that the maintenance work they are paying for is being undertaken in accordance with the correct standards.
Please note: Technicians cannot register independently to BAFE. It is a scheme pre-requisite that the technician requiring registration must be employed by an organisation who operate an approved ISO9001 Quality System (to the scope of BAFE SP101) and also meets the requirements of this scheme.
The prime objectives of this scheme are to increase the competence of the service technicians working in the field, providing the end user with an improved and safer service. This recognised industry benchmark makes quality organisations more attractive to the fire protection end user market by having a consistent level of service therefore increasing customer satisfaction.
When you first join you will be awarded provisional status until you have been verified by BAFE.
Applicants joining the scheme are provided with a Registered Technician's Record which contains a guide to obtaining the BAFE registered service technicians qualification, the evidence of assessment, the assessment process, planning and achievement and individual unit elements to be assessed.
The essential areas of knowledge to be covered by the assessment are:
The assessment of this knowledge is field based and is carried out by experienced, qualified, independent assessors who also have commercial and management skills.
When the technician has successfully completed the identified areas in the Registered Technicians Record and has a positive recommendation from the BAFE field based assessor, the Registered Technician’s Record is verified for completeness and accuracy. When the verification is positive the Technician is entered on to the register and issued with a BAFE Diploma and Identification Card which are valid for a three year period.
This three year period assumes that the Technician continues to be employed by the BAFE Registered Company that is registered with this scheme (SP101/ST104). In the event of a change of employment a re-registration will be required if they join another BAFE Registered Company that are registered with this scheme (SP101/ST104).
Should the technician become employed by a non-registered company they will no longer be a BAFE Registered technician.
This BAFE scheme is open to any Certification Body, which has accreditation by UKAS for the scope of maintenance of portable fire extinguishers and is approved by BAFE.
BSI have published the following new Standard:
BS 5306-9:2015 Recharging of Portable Fire Extinguishers - Code of Practice
This replaces the old Standard BS 6643 Part 1 and 2 which is now withdrawn.
All SP101/ST104 BAFE Registered Companies who are carrying out refilling of portable fire extinguishers should now be working to this new Standard, copies of which are available from your Trade Association or BSI.