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.
August 16, 2017

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West London housing provider is first organisation certified to PAS 7 FRMS standard

A West London housing provider has become the first organisation to have its fire risk management system (FRMS) certified to the PAS 7:2013 standard.

RHP Group, which owns and manages around 10,000 homes across Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston, received a FRMS Management System Certificate from MMRA, a member of the Mott MacDonald Group, at a presentation ceremony on 8 August.

Many in the fire industry may be heartened that a housing provider should be the first to meet the exacting criteria of PAS 7, given the fire safety deficiencies in social housing exposed by the recent blaze at Grenfell Tower.

MMRA Ltd is the first body to be accredited to assess the PAS 7 standard by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as a third-party certification body.

“This is a great achievement by RHP in not only having a FRMS which meets the requirements of PAS 7, but also in being the first organisation ever to be awarded this certificate and setting a standard for other organisations to follow,” said Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA.

Launched in June 2017, the PAS 7 certification scheme – which is UKAS-accredited – provides guidance that stipulates minimum standards, functions and accessibility of fire safety management information across a corporate entity or multi-site organisation.

A documented FRMS demonstrates that an organisation as taken clear steps to reduce substantially the fire risk to people and assets and to meet its regulatory obligations under the Fire Safety Order. It also provides an auditable trail to back this up.

 managing director at BB7outlined the merits of PAS 7 in a 2014 article.

Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA (Third from right), presented the certificate to Sara Tutton (third from left), RHP Group Head of Health and safety at a ceremony attended by CEO David Done RHP Group (second from left)

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