SSAIB Training Manager Trevor Jenks to Attend Wandsworth Apprenticeship Breakfast

SSAIB Training Manager Trevor Jenks to Attend Wandsworth Apprenticeship Breakfast

SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks will be attending the Wandsworth Enterprise Week Apprenticeship Breakfast on Wednesday March 7.

The open event – which has been devised by both Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce and Wandsworth Council – is taking place at Banham Group HQ in London during National Apprenticeship Week. It will focus on the value of apprenticeships and how businesses can be boosted by investing in apprentices.

With heads of relevant training providers discussing the structure of apprenticeships – as well as the current funding available to business – the Apprenticeship Breakfast will no doubt be beneficial to any SSAIB-registered firm looking for guidance and support regarding apprenticeships, with a dedicated Q&A session also being part of proceedings.

For more information, click here to consult the Apprenticeship Breakfast e-invite. Meanwhile, to reserve your place at the event, please email Kevin Faulkner of Banham Group at

Posted: 31/01/2018 more >

SSAIB and FIA Join Forces to Help Security Firms Gain Fire Certification

SSAIB and FIA Join Forces to Help Security Firms Gain Fire Certification

SSAIB have partnered up with the Fire Industry Association (FIA) to help our interested security registered firms gain fire detection and alarms certification as well.

The innovative project is available for the next six months and has been set up to aid more of our firms that want to become third-party certified for the BAFE SP-203 scheme and support a growth in delivering best practice in the fire industry.

Those firms that decide to apply will be granted a 12-month probationary membership with the FIA, which will allow them to have access to the FIA’s comprehensive, high quality training. This will, in turn, help them to prepare for their SSAIB audit – as it will ensure that they know what is required of them to meet the requirements of the scheme and that they are also working to the industry standard.

This initiative provides a host of benefits for those firms looking to branch out into fire detection and alarms, which SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael hopes will benefit our registered firms.

Alex revealed: “This is a great opportunity for firms looking to branch out into fire detection and alarms certification and I hope that anyone interested goes ahead and applies for the initiative – as the wealth of knowledge that the FIA can pass on will definitely help towards understanding what is needed to meet the standards and gain certification.

“We look forward to working closely with the FIA over the coming months and I’d like to thank them for partnering up with us and offering to help our firms increase their scope of certification.”

Boasting over 700 members, the FIA pride themselves on shaping standards and influencing legislation and offer unrivalled technical publications – as well as being the prime technical resource for the fire industry. FIA membership manager Chris Tilley was also quick to point out the benefits of the partnership, which has been born out of a “long-standing friendship."

Chris said: “The FIA and SSAIB have a long-standing friendship and - as a result - we have been looking for ways in which we can work together to improve the services currently offered to SSAIB security customers who are also engaged with fire detection and alarms, but are not yet third-party certified; with the overall aim of raising the game across the industry.

“The FIA are willing to help with this by offering 12 months probationary membership for any company who signs up with SSAIB on the BAFE SP203-1 scheme. For anyone who would like further guidance on this, we can also offer the consultancy services of our compliance manager Kevin Stearns through our ‘Route to Certification’ scheme.

“We hope SSAIB-registered firms will take this opportunity to be part of something bigger - as we all strive to raise the standards and professionalism of the fire industry.”

To register for the joint venture between SSAIB and the FIA, please contact FIA membership manager Chris Tilley at and quote the reference SSAIB1.

Posted: 09/01/2018 more >

SSAIB Inspector Calls it a Day After 20 Years of Service

SSAIB Inspector Calls it a Day After 20 Years of Service

SSAIB inspector David Balcombe has retired after a 20-year stint working for the company.

The Horsham-based 80-year-old joined the SSAIB’s team of auditors back in 1997 and has mainly covered the Surrey and Sussex areas for the last two decades, but he made the decision to retire last year.

David’s last commitment for the SSAIB was attending the recent auditors’ meeting earlier this week, where a presentation was made to him to recognise his efforts and commemorate his long-standing association with SSAIB.

Chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “On behalf of everyone at SSAIB, I’d like to thank David for all of his hard work over the last 20 years and the endless amount of audits he’s completed in that time. I’m sure I also speak for everyone within the company when I wish him an enjoyable retirement and all the best for the future.”

Posted: 05/01/2018 more >

Latest British Standards Updates Bring Changes for SSAIB Registered Firms Installing Intruder Alarms

Latest British Standards Updates Bring Changes for SSAIB Registered Firms Installing Intruder Alarms

Two of the most significant BSI standards for those certified by the SSAIB for intruder alarm systems have had changes made to them.

PD 6662 is probably one of the main standards for the many SSAIB Security Systems-registered firms with intruder included within their scope, so the recent update to that standard - PD 6662:2017 - for the application of European Standards for intrusion and hold-up alarm systems will be of great interest to those installing intruder alarms.

SSAIB Security Systems and Monitoring scheme manager David Roscoe will release a bulletin shortly, informing all intruder alarms installers of the new changes and when they are likely to come into effect.

The other change sees an amendment having been made to BS EN 50131-1:2006 – after a recent revision of the standard that covers the system requirements for alarm systems, intrusion and hold-up systems.

Again, a bulletin will be released shortly  regarding the new BS EN 50131-1:2006+A2:2017 version of the standard. However, one change will affect how firms complete their certificates of conformity in future.

The information that is required to be on the certificate – which SSAIB-registered firms issue for each system they install – will change, so a new-look certificates page on the SSAIB website is currently in the process of being tested. Further news regarding the unveiling of this new layout going live will be announced at a later date.

As is the case whenever standards are updated or amended, the new standards documents for both PD 6662:2017 and BS EN 50131-1:2006+A2:2017 have been uploaded to our website and are available to download now.

Posted: 03/11/2017 more >

New False Hold-Up Alarms Guidance Supported By SSAIB

New False Hold-Up Alarms Guidance Supported By SSAIB

A new guide to help Hold-Up Alarm (HUA) installers reduce the number of false alarms has been facilitated by the SSAIB.

Providing an overview of the impact that false alarms have, the guide – which has been developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council Security Systems Group – also offers recommendations to installers for how to reduce unnecessary call outs.

The recommendations include:

- Take HUA Systems out of service before work starts and remember to return them to full service when work has been completed.

- Remind users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the Police – for use during an attack or threat of an attack involving persons at premises protected by the HUA. A brawl outside the premises or petty theft is not proper use.

- Recommend the repositioning of HUAs vulnerable to damage following changes to internal layout of premises.

- Ensure HUA fixings and covers are secure during service visits and remind the users to report minor damage.

- Remind users of their duty to inform contractors working in the premises that HUAs are installed and active.

- Discuss correct use of HUAs with all employees who have direct contact with customers.

Installers can reduce the number of false alarms by following these simple sanctions, which will decrease the impact on the Police – as well as maintaining the reputation of the installers and Alarm Receiving Centres.

SSAIB operations manager Dave Profit commented: “SSAIB are completely committed to initiatives such as this, which will lead to a reduction in the number of false alarms created by security equipment. Hold-up alarms help to effectively deliver Police response, but the amount of false alarms needs to be reduced so that users have confidence in their security systems.

“We have contributed to the production of this new guide to provide simple recommendations to hold-up alarm systems installers, because then they can help to prevent false alarms throughout the installation and maintenance processes – as well as when the alarm is in use. I am confident that this guide will prove very beneficial to installers and service engineers, which is why SSAIB are delighted to be associated with it.”

Click here to download the Preventing False Hold-Up Alarms guide.

Posted: 20/10/2017 more >