Fire

Revised SP101 scheme

by Mark Rowe

The fire safety company register BAFE’s revised SP101 scheme went live on October 1. The SP101 (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians) scheme was reviewed to see it continues to provide assurances to industry and customers of what defines a quality provider of fire extinguisher services.

The scheme review also updated the role of the fire extinguisher technician. A BAFE-registered fire extinguisher technician has always been the defining way of verifying that a competent person is working on your premises, says the Gloucestershire-based body. This has now been added to by including more technical competence to the revised sections of BS 5306 (Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises) as well as requirements for having training in asbestos awareness and health and safety procedures. The technician competency portfolio used by the BAFE assessors has also been reviewed, so all technicians who gain the BAFE Diploma continue to be the best in the industry, it says. So passing the BS 5306 exam, is only the first step in demonstrating understanding of the relevant standards to work competently in the field.

BAFE adds that the requirements of this scheme continue to offer peace of mind to people specifying a competent provider that a BAFE SP101 registered company with proficient fire extinguisher technicians is an assured quality decision.

More about the BAFE SP101 (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians) scheme can be found on the BAFE website www.bafe.org.uk.

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