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SSAIB's Annual Magazine The Standard to be Distributed with Security Matters Magazine

SSAIB's Annual Magazine The Standard to be Distributed with Security Matters Magazine

The 2021 edition of The Standard, SSAIB’s annual magazine, is making its way to SSAIB-certified firms with the latest issue of Security Matters magazine.

With our partnership with publishers Western Business Media Limited entering its fourth year, certified firms of the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries will receive free copies of both The Standard and Security Matters to their registered address.

As the main talking point of the last 12 months, the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it has had on the industry feature in a number of articles within this newly re-branded issue.

Chief executive Alex Carmichael assesses the impact that the coronavirus had on SSAIB, how it affected our working practices and he also touches on the ways in which we were able to successfully continue to provide certification to both existing firms and new firms within the security and fire industries throughout what have been challenging times for everyone.

New scheme managers Richard Deacon and Lynn Watts-Plumpkin discuss their new roles overseeing the Security Systems and Security Services schemes respectively and assess some of the challenges that working from home during a pandemic has thrown up while settling into a new job.

There are also in-depth articles on the Master Locksmiths Association’s MLA Expo for 2021 and the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) apprenticeship standard, with the latter also being discussed as part of SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks’ latest piece on the future of the industry.

As the Official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX, we also have IFSEC Global editor James Moore on board to offer a summary on the most recent global trends within the industry – in addition to SSAIB’s field operations manager, David Roscoe, who has provided the latest standards updates for both the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Ember Compliance discuss a practical path for SSAIB firms to achieve certification for fire detection and alarms systems. Meanwhile, to bring us full-circle, the Association of Security Consultants consider how much the security landscape has changed in a COVID-19 world.

There are also the usual updates from every SSAIB scheme manager, as well as features from regular contributors BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) and Openreach. SSAIB have also used this year’s edition of The Standard to celebrate long-serving operations manager Dave Profit and administrator Joan Denley – after the pair recently passed 25 years of dedicated service with SSAIB.

Should any SSAIB-certified firm not receive their copy of The Standard, please email marketing@ssaib.org so that we can organise a replacement to be sent out.

Posted: 27/04/2021 more >

New BAFE SP207 Emergency Evacuation Systems Scheme Added to SSAIB's Scope of Certification

New BAFE SP207 Emergency Evacuation Systems Scheme Added to SSAIB's Scope of Certification

SSAIB are proud to announce that we have achieved accreditation for BAFE’s SP207 scheme for emergency evacuation systems, which are used by Fire and Rescue services to prioritise evacuation from residential high rise buildings and ensure people at risk in endangered areas can be safely evacuated.

Supporting British Standard 8629 Evacuation Alert Systems for use by fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats, this new development from BAFE – the UK’s independent register of quality fire safety providers - covers the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency evacuations systems that will help to provide quality evidence of competency to deliver these services.

And SSAIB fire scheme manager Keith Strugnell believes this new scheme has the potential to become an essential addition for organisations looking to provide evacuation systems.

Discussing the SP207 scheme in the upcoming edition of SSAIB’s annual magazine The Standard, Keith revealed: “Developed in response to a recommendation from the Grenfell Tower Phase 1 inquiry report, it is likely to become a requirement that you will need to be third-party certified to work on emergency evacuation systems going forward.

“However, despite it being a brand new scheme, existing SSAIB-registered SP203-1 firms will find it comparable to their own scheme – as it utilises a similar format, albeit that the scheme document has been changed to make it more relevant to emergency evacuation systems. Therefore, in theory, you will satisfy the requirements for SP207 by default if you already have SP203-1.

BAFE announced the scheme in the final quarter of 2020 and Keith went on to reveal that the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries acted promptly to ensure that the organisation could add SP207 to its existing catalogue of BAFE fire schemes.

Keith continued: “With regards to SSAIB, we completed training with BS 8629:2019 for our auditors and scheduled several pilot audits for those initial companies to achieve certification for this latest scheme that we provide certification for to the fire industry. We then collated all of the necessary criteria that was needed for our information packs and then we were ready to go.

Through doing all this, it has allowed us to successfully add to our list of fire schemes and ensure that our firms are able to keep up with the latest industry developments.”

BAFE’s director of schemes, Chris Auger, added: “The demand shown following the MHCLG consultation is unprecedented and represents a far greater awareness of systems and competency of their installers required following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower Fire.

“With the work BAFE have performed in conjunction with the industry and Fire and Rescue Service, we are pleased to offer a route to achieving this important third-party certification. Quality evidence of competency is going to have far greater scrutiny for everyone working in high-rise blocks in the very near future which can only be a good thing. This scheme will fill this crucial gap in providing confidence to specifiers knowing they are fulfilling their due diligence and continuing the ‘golden thread’ of accountability for the life safety of residents within the building.

“The expanding portfolio of BAFE schemes represents the necessity of quality evidence of competency required for niche, but extremely important, areas of the industry. Third-party certification is going to be a key focus of attention for the built environment moving forward and BAFE need to position itself to offer schemes that are both needed and, reflect the current concerns of occupants, regulators, service providers and building owners/managers.”

More information on BAFE SP207 – and all of the other fire schemes certified by SSAIB – is available at www.ssaib.org or, alternatively, please send an email to ssaib@ssaib.org requesting an information pack for the scheme(s) that you require.

Posted: 13/04/2021 more >