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SSAIB Named as the Official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX 2020

SSAIB Named as the Official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX 2020

SSAIB are proud to have been named as the official Installer Partner for the 2020 IFSEC and FIREX shows, taking place once again at London’s ExCeL from May 19-21.

As the leading certification body for security and fire alarm installation professionals, manned guarding services and monitoring, SSAIB-approved companies are exclusively invited to IFSEC and FIREX 2020 to meet with trained SSAIB personnel and engage with over 500 leading manufacturers and suppliers of security and fire safety technologies and services.

IFSEC and FIREX are the perfect learning environments for SSAIB companies where they can spend three days totally immersed in state-of-the-art technologies, solutions and discussions all focused around the driving issues in security and fire. It’s where the entire security and fire communities always come together to collaborate, ask the big questions and find the practical answers to their current challenges.

SSAIB will also use its time at IFSEC and FIREX to host the regional South East meeting at the show, which makes it convenient for approved companies to make full use of their time at IFSEC; mixing SSAIB business with their own fact-finding and discovery.

The 2020 events also mark the return of SSAIB to FIREX International, where they’ll be on hand to discuss various BAFE-approved certification opportunities in fire system design and installation, life safety risk assessment and the correct use and maintenance of portable extinguisher equipment. With the national agenda now firmly fixed on promoting certified life safety schemes and awareness, SSAIB’s presence at FIREX International will rigorously contribute to the show’s stated aims of promoting expertise and guidance in life safety.

In line with the new decade, SSAIB will once again host the official Installer Bar in IFSEC that will have a dedicated ‘Roaring 20s’ theme to herald 2020. Look out for the Prohibition ‘speakeasy’ themes although, rest assured, none of the refreshments will be bootlegged!

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “We are delighted to be named as the official installer partner for IFSEC and FIREX International 2020 – as they are the premier events for both the fire and security industries and we would very much encourage our registered firms to visit us there in May.

“We’ve also incorporated our South East regional meeting into IFSEC 2020, because it gives the many firms that attend our events the opportunity to immerse themselves in all the latest developments and technologies on show at IFSEC and FIREX. Not only can they do this and hear all the latest updates we’ll be sharing, but they’ll also be invited to join us at our Installer Bar for an informal catch-up and refreshments too.

“SSAIB has enjoyed a lot of success lending our name to an IFSEC bar over the last two years, so we’ve decided to try and build on that further by making a welcome return to FIREX as well. Due to the sheer size of the two shows, it’s not always possible to take in everything in one visit and – this way – you’ll get two chances of asking any questions you might have about the many schemes that SSAIB provide certification for.”

IFSEC and FIREX warmly welcome our ever-strengthening partnership with SSAIB and look forward to welcoming their approved companies to next year’s shows. With such comprehensive coverage across the whole of the UK, we’re looking forward to meeting SSAIB’s professional installers at IFSEC and FIREX and helping them overcome the everyday security and fire challenges they encounter.

Rachel Eaton, event manager for IFSEC International and FIREX International commented: “I am very excited to announce the SSAIB as the official Installer Partner of IFSEC International and FIREX International in 2020. The SSAIB has been a champion of IFSEC for over two decades, so I’m also delighted to see the SSAIB return to support FIREX as well.

"Due to the strong relationship we have with the SSAIB, we have managed to bring Scottish installers back to both events; hugely improving the diversity of visitors and exhibitors we have on site.”

Posted: 09/01/2020 more >

SSAIB Achieve Historic 300th BAFE Certification Milestone

SSAIB Achieve Historic 300th BAFE Certification Milestone

SSAIB, one of the licensed certification bodies who deliver BAFE scheme assessments, are delighted to have achieved an historic milestone of 300 active BAFE scheme-certificated companies.

Looking back at last year - in September 2019 – BAFE registered A1 Fire and Security Ltd, who are the 300th active company on the BAFE Fire Safety Register that have been assessed and third-party certificated through SSAIB. They join the more than 1450 BAFE-registered companies who are third-party certificated, with over 1700 BAFE fire safety scheme certifications.

Devon-based A1 Fire and Security Ltd gained third-party certification and BAFE registration to the SP203-1 scheme, for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.

Matthew Weigham of A1 Fire and Security Ltd stated: “Gaining certification to the BAFE SP203-1 scheme, through SSAIB as our certification body, is vital to show our commitment to quality when providing our fire alarm services. This audit was important to us to prove we are competent, and the certification provides us with substantial credibility that will help us promote this service.”

Stephen Adams, BAFE chief executive, said: “We congratulate both SSAIB on this milestone and A1 Fire and Security Ltd on gaining their third-party certification. SSAIB have been a long-standing supporter of BAFE, who are extremely proactive with their commitment to the fire safety industry.

“We wish them, and all of our licensed certification bodies, further ongoing success in our combined efforts to develop the quality regulation of this industry.”

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael added: “SSAIB are extremely proud to offer the BAFE scheme assessments for fire safety third-party certification in multiple disciplines. Our congratulations go out to A1 Fire and Security on gaining their certification and I would also like to congratulate our fire systems scheme manager, Keith Strugnell, and the SSAIB team on this achievement.

“We will continue to work with BAFE to support the future of fire safety and, through certification of quality companies like A1 Fire and Security, the fire safety of customers’ premises.”

Posted: 08/01/2020 more >

SSAIB Firms Can Stay Connected with the Security Community at Digital Week

SSAIB Firms Can Stay Connected with the Security Community at Digital Week

As the official installer partner for the show, SSAIB are proud to announce that IFSEC International - alongside its co-located shows FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, Workplace Wellbeing Show and Intelligent Building Europe - is launching an exciting new programme of digital content to keep you connected with your industry during the lockdown period.

With many of us now working remotely, meetings taking place from our living rooms and events postponed to the latter half of the year, there is an urgent demand for new ways to keep the security community connected.

Digital Week is designed to bring IFSEC International to your home office. Consisting of five days of exclusive, content-rich webinars and white papers, it’s is a fantastic opportunity to receive your summer fix of content from well-established thought leaders and association figureheads, engage with the security community and connect with potential suppliers and customers.

This five-day programme of content takes place on May 18-22. IFSEC International will be the focus on Tuesday May 19 and Wednesday May 20.

What you can expect:

• Expert-led panel debates on security issues, including the Security Institute’s Rick Mounfield, the BSIA’s Mike Reddington and SSAIB's very own chief executive Alex Carmichael on the state of the security industry.

• Presentations and seminars providing timely updates on the latest security developments, such as Richard Flint, chief executive, Physical Security Technical and business development manager from the BRE on protecting critical national infrastructure during the pandemic.

• Downloadable whitepapers, exclusive product launches, live Q&As and video demonstrations of new security solutions.

• A range of presentations and panel debates from co-located shows, including an Intelligent Building Europe seminar on successfully integrating smart technology into your buildings from Vanti CEO Mike Brooman on Wednesday May 20.

Digital Week is an opportunity to stay informed and connected ahead of IFSEC International 2020, receive advice, guidance and updates on major security issues, and develop new strategies for adapting to the working-from-home reality.

Register for free today to join the full programme of webinars and get access to videos, whitepapers and more.

Posted: 01/05/2020 more >

SSAIB Firms Ensure Sustained Public Safety and Security During COVID-19 Pandemic

SSAIB Firms Ensure Sustained Public Safety and Security During COVID-19 Pandemic

SSAIB-registered fire, security and manned services firms continue to provide essential support to the fire and security industries during the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Be it as a key worker or otherwise, SSAIB-registered firms have endeavoured to carry on with a broad spectrum of services ranging from local fire and security maintenance and the provision to new systems, all the way up to vitally important national Government projects – including the creation of the new NHS Nightingale field hospitals.

Regardless of the circumstances, the essential maintenance, call-outs and installation of new systems that SSAIB firms are doing during these difficult times is all helping to safeguard environments that are vitally important - such as hospitals, care homes, schools, supermarkets, other commercial property and national infrastructure - that may otherwise be at risk, including non-occupied properties.

We can assure the general public, businesses and the wider security and fire industries that SSAIB keep reminding registered firms to observe the latest Government guidelines on working safely with respect to COVID-19, which we are sure they do, to ensure that they carry out the work required of them in a safe environment for both themselves and their customers.

SSAIB are also doing our part to keep our firms up-to-date with all of the latest COVID-19 developments as and when they arise – in addition to providing help and support for a number of issues that they could be faced with during this ongoing time of uncertainty.

The safety of the general public, our registered firms and key worker staff remains our top priority during this time, while also ensuring that firms continue to fulfil their commitments to their customers and contracts as normal.

Domestic Customers (Homeowners)

The latest Government guidelines for tradespeople – such as SSAIB firms’ engineers – accessing domestic properties can be viewed within the Social Distancing in the Workplace During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sector Guidance document. However, an overview of the main points are as follows:

Engineers are able to visit domestic properties to carry out the customer’s security or fire requirements, providing they are well, have no symptoms of COVID-19,they ensure they maintain a safe distance (of at least two metres) from any household occupants at all times and also have the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) -  in an effort to ensure Government’s guidelines are observed.

Work should not be carried out in any household that is isolating or shielding an individual, unless it is necessary to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household (such as an emergency repair or fault.) Homeowners – and those accountable for the security and/or fire safety of the household – are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for any visiting key workers or engineers, as well as for any other residents under their roof.

Should an engineers have any coronavirus symptoms, however mild, then they should isolate.

Should a householder have any questions about any maintenance needed and what it might mean for their insurance cover – due to the circumstances of the current situation, including social distancing – the householder should contact their insurer, in order for them to give guidance.

Should any homeowners – or those responsible for security and/or fire safety – be in need of security or fire protection during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we advise that they can contact SSAIB-registered firms and that they should also contact their insurer with any concerns.

Non-Domestic Properties

Work undertaken on non-domestic properties is also duty-bound by the same Government guidelines on social distancing and other precautions.

With SSAIB-registered firms adhering to the latest Government guidance, they are able to continue to carry out repairs and maintenance and provide new system installations– when site access can be granted and Government safety requirements including social distancing maintained.

There is also a suggestion that - during this time when many buildings are stood empty - this is the ideal time for maintenance visits, additions to systems or the installation of new systems, because engineers can get the job done with minimal disruption to the usual working practices of the business itself.

Engineers are able to access the necessary premises or site(s) (with permission,) conduct the work that they need to and then inform the nominated person when all of the work has been completed, before leaving the job to allow it to be checked by the customer.

Installation of new Security Systems or Provision of a Security Service

If there is a need for a new security system or service to protect individuals or property, this can take place - provided it can be conducted in compliance with Government guidelines on social distancing in the workplace.

Although these are unprecedented times that we all find ourselves in, SSAIB, our registered firms and the fire and security industries as a whole continue to work as best we can – as a matter of necessity for the ongoing safety and security of the general public, businesses and national infrastructure.

Posted: 01/05/2020 more >