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BAFE launch 'Don’t just Specify,
the independent register of quality fire
UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification
safety service providers, have launched a new
within the fire industry at present is completely
campaign to inform premises management and the
voluntary. This means that any provider who holds
public that specifying Third Party Certification is
this has taken intentional steps to gain
only part of the process in acting with due
independently assessed certification,
demonstrating their competency for a specific
The campaign, Don’t just Specify, Verify! points
out the important second, and sometimes
“You wouldn’t use an unregistered gas engineer,
overlooked, verification stage when specifying and
so why should your fire safety requirements be
sourcing a competent Third Party Certificated
treated any differently?”, BAFE says.
provider to help comply with fire safety legislation.
It adds: “BAFE continue to promote to public,
Stephen Adams, chief executive of BAFE,
specifiers and end users of the fire safety industry
said: “As noted in Government guidance, specifying
on the value of Third Party Certification in the
Third Party Certification is a robust method of
interest of life and building safety. The culture of
sourcing a competent provider to help you fulfil
chasing the lowest quote for fire safety work must
your fire safety obligations. However, there is still
end, focusing instead on sourcing evidentially
an onus on the premises management Responsible
competent, independently assessed providers to get
Person/Duty Holder to check that their chosen
the job done right. As with most things, quality
providers are appropriately Third Party Certificated
comes at a cost, but the cost of a fire with poor fire
and competent for the work required. If you specify
safety management could be far more disastrous.
a Third Party Certificated provider, but don’t verify
Make sure you specify Third Party Certificated fire
this before awarding a contract, this could result in
safety service providers and verify they are
insufficient fire safety in your building and makes
appropriately certificated for the service you
you accountable under current legislation. It is easy
require. It’s a quick and simple action, but
and quick to check, which helps towards a safer
building and, in the event of a fire, stronger defence
having acted with due diligence.”
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