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.
February 19, 2019

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WATCH: What is third-party certification? BAFE explains

BAFE, the independent register of trusted fire safety service providers, has produced a video explaining the merits of third-party certification – scroll down to view.

Third-party-certificated companies must satisfy stringent, regular assessments to prove their competence and reliability.

The government’s implementation plan, which promised to implement in full recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, includes a pledge to “work with industry to establish minimum standards for third-party certification of key fire safety products, including their installation and inspection.”

Third-party-certificated products should be mandated and apply to product installers and risk assessors, according to Jonathan O’Neill OBE, managing director of the Fire Protection Association. BAFE recently developed a scheme for third-party certification for the design, installation, commissioning, recharge and maintenance of kitchen fire suppression/extinguishing systems.

“We encourage people to specify UKAS-accredited third-party certificated providers in the interest of life safety.” Stephen Adams, BAFE chief executive

“With the growing attention the fire industry has been understandably receiving, it is important to educate this wider audience on the importance of third-party certification,” said Frazer Wisniewski, marketing manager at BAFE. “With a greater understanding, we aim to help drive demand for third-party-certificated fire safety service providers. Until there is a clear legislative definition of competency for these specific services, we believe that UKAS-accredited third-party certification is the best independent evidence of competency within the fire safety industry.”

Said Stephen Adams, BAFE chief executive: “First and foremost we encourage people to specify UKAS-accredited third-party certificated providers in the interest of life safety. We anticipate a much stronger emphasis on competency by government and the fire and Rescue services in the future landscape and third-party certification will be a key element of this.”

The Future of Fire Safety: download the eBook

Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

  • Grenfell Inquiry must yield “bedrock change” – and soon
  • After Grenfell: Jonathan O’Neill OBE on how austerity and policy “on the hoof” are hampering progress
  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
  • Fire safety community has to “get on board” with technological changes

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