CODRUS is a member of the
Fire Protection Association, and the
UK Fire Association.
Our engineers are all CRB vetted and we have a Safeguarding
Proof of Competence
Obviously, you wouldn't let someone work on
your fire alarm unless they knew what they were doing. The new Fire
Regulations (see New Fire Regs) require
you to ensure that only a "Competent Person" works on your fire
alarm. What exactly is a "Competent Person" and how do you ensure
that someone who says they meet this requirement actually does?.
Remember, the new law expects you to prove
that you checked (due diligence) that your contractor is
good enough (i.e. saying that they told you they've been doing it for
years, isn't enough). This means you want to see a copy of their
certificates so if you are challenged, you have documentary evidence
that you chose a Competent Person.
A Competent Person to service a fire alarm is said to be an individual
or organisation that has sufficient training and experience
(specifically in BS5839 and servicing fire alarms), and (importantly)
has been certified by a third party (of sufficient standing) that this
is the case.
You should therefore
only permit someone who can provide you with the appropriate third party
certificates, specifically in fire alarm servicing.
So what should you be looking for?.
In practise, there are currently three
to indicate competence:
(a) That a company has it's very own
British Standard Kitemark for fire alarms, or....
(b) That a company has achieved sp203
(c) That a company only employs
experienced engineers who have passed FIA Exam Units 1&5, or the
replacement "Advanced Maintainer" certificate.
All CODRUS service engineers are have
passed the FIA Exam Units 1&5 and any CODRUS design engineer must also
have passed FIA exam units 2&3. All CODRUS fire alarm engineers must take part
in annual retraining from system manufacturers, to ensure their
knowledge is up to date.
If your chosen
service company does not have any of the above, we strongly recommend
you do not let them work on your fire alarm until they can show you
their certificate. Remember, as "Responsible Person" you are personally
liable in the event of a problem and you want to make sure your
paperwork can't be criticised.
Proof of Competence (Extinguishers and Emergency Lighting)
Like fire alarm servicing, you must ensure
the contractor you allow to service your fire extinguishers and
emergency lights is competent to do so.
For extinguishers, BS5306
requires an engineer to undertake at least four days training followed
by an examination by an appropriate assessor. Refresher training
and examination must be passed every three years.
For emergency lighting, you are looking
for a specific certificate (rather than a general electrical
qualification). A qualification such as the M1B Emergency Lighting
Certificate, by the FPA & FSA, which is undertaken at the Fire
Service College is a good indicator.