BAFE SP101:2017 Consultation Now Live

In April 2016, after a lengthy consultation period - and with the agreement of our Board and Council - BAFE launched a major review of their SP101/ST104 scheme (Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians.)

The result of this review is the newly named SP101:2017 (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians), a ‘ground up’ revision of the SP101/ST104 scheme - acknowledging that companies must ensure their technicians are skilled and always knowledgably aware of how to execute competent extinguisher maintenance and their ability always remains at a high standard.

Changes are also proposed to the company QA requirements, with a dual option of ISO9001:15 or a certificated Quality Management System.

Posted: 09/01/2017 more >

Long-Serving SSAIB Board Member George Hodge Passes Away

SSAIB are sad to hear the news that former long-standing board member George Hodge has passed away, at the age of 88.

Following a distinguished army career, George was engaged in technical training roles which subsequently included running City & Guilds training courses for the NSCIA. He later joined Security Publications and - as Editorial Director there - worked on magazines including Security Installer, Security Industry and European Security Installer.

Posted: 03/01/2017 more >

SSAIB President Alan Needham

SSAIB has sadly learnt that its recently retired President, Alan Needham, has passed away and we extend our sincere condolences to Alan’s family, friends and security industry colleagues. Following a distinguished army career, Alan helped steer SSAIB for some 20 years and his knowledge, experience, common sense and friendship will be sorely missed. He became SSAIB’s Chairman in 1994, prior to SSAIB’s merger with the AISC and Integrity 2000 inspectorates and continued as Chairman of the merged organisation.

More recently he became President of SSAIB after Geoff Tate took over the Chairman’s role in 2015. Alan was previously Director General of the NSCIA, which later merged with the BSIA inspectorate SSI in 1990 to form NACOSS.  Alan Needham’s role with SSAIB was critical to the organisation’s success, steering it through its formative years as an ‘inspectorate’ and then as a UKAS accredited certification body.

Posted: 09/12/2016 more >

SSAIB confirms Marks & Spencer has achieved Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

SSAIB confirms Marks & Spencer has achieved Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

SSAIB, the UK and Ireland’s leading security, fire and telecare certification body, has confirmed that, following an in-depth audit, major High St retailer Marks and Spencer has achieved the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Certificate of Compliance. In a move personally praised by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, M&S voluntarily sought the certification and is the first retailer in the UK to demonstrate compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

Protecting its customers and staff, by providing a safe and secure shopping and working environment, is crucially important to the company, which realised that adopting the Code would provide transparency and consistency throughout its operations. Added-value benefits have also included cost reductions, for example through value management and rationalisation of CCTV systems against their need and purpose. A reduction in the installation programme has additionally saved costs and minimised retail disruption.

Posted: 15/11/2016 more >

SSAIB is Recruiting

SSAIB is Recruiting

The SSAIB is currently recruiting Systems Regional Inspectors for the South West of England and South Wales for a full job description and application details please visit

Posted: 03/11/2016 more >