Current fire protection legislation across the UK requires property managers to maintain adequate fire protection at all times with an updated fire risk assessment. Electrical contractors provide fire protection and emergency lighting services and can play a vital role in supporting the responsible person.

Many public authorities and commercial organisations now insist that their fire protection services are carried out by a company that has been third party certificated and are BAFE registered. BAFE is the independent, third party certification, registration body for the fire protection industry. We develop schemes for UKAS accredited certification bodies to assess and approve companies to recognised standards.

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There are now more than 1250 BAFE registered companies across the UK. For the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire alarm systems Companies should hold BAFE modular Fire Detection and Alarm Systems SP203-1 scheme approval based around compliance with BS5389.

The SP203 scheme now has over 800 registered companies across the UK. Our Emergency Lighting scheme (Emergency Lighting SP203-4) sets out the standards and staff competence criteria to be met, based around BS5266. It is modular, like the fire alarm scheme and is achieving growing recognition from end users.

BAFE has recently launched a UKAS accredited scheme for Companies who carry out Fire Risk Assessments (Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment SP205) which is a vital part of meeting your obligations under fire legislation. The scheme considers the competence of the individual assessors as well as the quality requirements for the organisation.

If you supply and maintain portable extinguishers the BAFE Scheme is Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians’ SP101/ST104.

Companies are certificated to ISO9001 and all of their technicians are assessed by BAFE for initial and ongoing competence www.bafe.org.uk

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