SSAIB Supports New BAFE Focus on Third-Party Certification

SSAIB Supports New BAFE Focus on Third-Party Certification

SSAIB are delighted to support a new video promoting third-party certification created by BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers.

The video - entitled What is Third-Party Certification? - has been created to act as an educational tool for the end-user audience and can be viewed below.

After the devastating Grenfell Tower fire - and following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt - there has been an increased focus acting on fire safety responsibilities ‘so far as reasonably practicable’.

This emphasises the responsibility of the person appointed for fire safety within a building and actions they can take to minimise fire risk to the best of their ability, in accordance with national fire safety legislation and Government guidance.

BAFE marketing manager Frazer Wisniewski comments: “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. 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.”

Stephen Adams, BAFE chief executive, added: “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.”

Third-party certificated companies must successfully complete stringent and regular assessments, to ensure they can suitably perform specific services. By specifying this certification as a requirement demonstrates you have taken constructive action to find a competent provider.

Posted: 19/02/2019 more >

SSAIB CEO Alex Carmichael Confirmed as Security Twenty19 Speaker

SSAIB CEO Alex Carmichael Confirmed as Security Twenty19 Speaker

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael has been confirmed as one of the speakers at the first Security Twenty19 event of the year.

Alex will be in attendance at ST19 Birmingham at the Hilton Metropole hotel on Thursday February 21 to discuss the latest SSAIB developments, focusing on the certification body’s 25th anniversary – as well as briefly touching on the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice during his 25-minute talk, prior to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter’s presentation at 11:45am.

For anyone wishing to hear Alex’s speech, the SSAIB's CEO will be the first speaker on at 10:05am – following the introductory welcomes from Professional Security’s managing director Roy Cooper – Security Twenty19’s organiser - and G4S’ Michael White.

For more information on ST19 Birmingham and to find out how to book your place, please visit

Posted: 08/02/2019 more >

Registration Opens for SSAIB’s First Two Regional Meetings of 2019

Registration Opens for SSAIB’s First Two Regional Meetings of 2019

SSAIB-registered firms in the North West and the North East of England are now able to secure their places at their local regional meetings – as the registration periods for both events are now open.

Texecom’s Haslingden headquarters will play host to the North West meeting on Wednesday March 6, before SSAIB welcome the North East attendees to their head office in West Monkseaton on Tuesday March 19.

Chief executive Alex Carmichael will start proceedings at both events with an SSAIB update, as the certification body celebrates their landmark 25th anniversary in 2019. He will be also be joined by technical manager David Roscoe, who will give a standards update to those in attendance.

North West hosts Texecom will also be at both events to discuss their latest developments, while manufacturers CSL (North West) and BT Redcare (North East) will round off proceedings with a showcase of their latest products and services.

Anyone interested in attending any of these meetings can simply book a place online, using their Registered Firms log-in for the SSAIB website. Alternatively, phone 0191 296 3242 and ask to speak to Andrew - in order to be added to your preferred meeting.

Posted: 01/02/2019 more >