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.
July 19, 2017

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BAFE issues revised fire extinguisher servicing competency scheme document

BAFE has revised its fire extinguisher maintenance/service scheme and BAFE SP101:2017 this is now available via the BAFE website.

Coming into effect from 1 October 2017 the updated scheme seeks to better define what constitutes competence in the provision of fire extinguisher services and updates the role of the fire extinguisher technician.

BAFE launched a review of the scheme in April 2016 after a lengthy consultation period.

Further elements of technical competence have been added to revised sections of BS 5306 (fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises), while BAFE-registered fire extinguisher technicians are now required to undertake training in asbestos awareness and health and safety procedures.

The technician competency portfolio used by BAFE assessors has also been reviewed. Passing the BS 5306 exam is now only the first step in demonstrating a grasp of relevant standards.

A dual route to competency has been created.  From 1 October 2017, organisations can gain third-party certification through either an ISO9001 or a management system route.

The same audit criteria is applied in both instances.

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