Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
January 12, 2017

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BAFE scheme revamp on fire extinguisher maintenance now open to consultation

BAFE invited feedback on proposed changes to the SP101/ST104 scheme, which pertains to the competence of technicians who maintain fire extinguishers.

In April 2016, after a lengthy consultation period and with the agreement of its board and council, BAFE launched a major review of the scheme (full title: Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians).

Emerging from the review is SP101:2017 (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians), a ‘ground up’ revision of the SP101/ST104 scheme. The new incarnation says companies have an obligation to ensure technicians are skilled – and remain skilled – in executing competent extinguisher maintenance.

Changes are also proposed to company QA requirements with a dual option of ISO9001:15 or a certificated quality management system.

The revamped scheme is now open to public comment and BAFE has invited feedback on the proposed changes. Click here to find out more and download the SP101:2017 scheme document in full please visit the BAFE website.

The consultation opened on 9 January and runs until 6 March 2017.

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