The importance of an accredited service provider

For your fire and electrical safety measures

Getting your business’ fire and electrical safety measures up to scratch, and keeping them that way, might be challenging with an ever-growing to-do list on your hands. However, you can’t avoid your safety responsibilities as an employer and business owner.

From the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 to the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999, you’ve got a legal duty to keep the many elements of fire and electrical safety – from Fire Risk Assessments to PAT Testing – up-to-date and to a specific standard.

Naturally, as a business owner you’ll weigh up all the options – from cost and value for money to working with best-in-the-field providers. In this article, we’ll explore:

  • what working with an accredited fire and electrical safety service provider means for your business and the accreditations and memberships to look out for
  • key training courses to ask about when evaluating engineers and assessors
  • the importance of continuous training for electrical engineers and fire safety assessors
  • how you benefit from working with an accredited provider of fire and electrical safety services
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What are the key fire and electrical key accreditations?

If you’re going to trust an individual with your business’ fire and electrical safety measures, you’ll need to know what experience they have, what accreditations they hold, and who they’re recognised by. The main accreditations you should look out for are:

BAFE: A business that is BAFE accredited is committed to showing quality in their services. These businesses have been independently assessed by industry experts to conduct Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Extinguisher Servicing, Fire Alarm System Maintenance and more to the highest standards in the UK.

FIA: Members of FIA are kept up to date with the latest fire safety industry best practice, provided with continuing professional development opportunities and is a seal of approval that proves competence.

NAPIT: Members of the NAPIT, which is one of the leading Government authorised and UKAS accredited membership operators scheme, have demonstrated their competence, obtained the necessary insurance and understand the right processes and procedures to ensure compliance for their clients. They’re regularly assessed to provide evidence of their ongoing competence, so they are continuously fulfilling their responsibilities.

NICEIC: NICEIC registered contractors for electrical services are nationally recognised for working across the building services sector. Their contractors undergo regular assessments to meet the required safety standards and codes of practice, so their clients have peace of mind they’re in good, capable hands.

SOCOTEC: Businesses that are SOCOTEC recognised have passed Health & Safety audits and take pride in being quality-assured. Their services are nationally recognised in all kinds of industries and hold a certification to prove it.

 

Staying on top of fire and electrical safety knowledge

Working with a fire and electrical safety provider that not only holds those key accreditations, but also invests in the continuous training of their people, is another sign of working with a supplier that will keep you, your people and business safe and compliant.

As well as being a legal requirement, training freshens skills, broadens knowledge, and keeps assessors and engineers up to date with changes in legislation and standards.

Some British Standard courses that allow engineers to continue carrying out their job effectively and uphold their accreditations include:

  • Servicing & Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Refresher on the Servicing & Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • PAT Testing course
  • FDA Advanced Installer
  • Electrical Inspection & Testing Course

When you’re deciding which provider to work with, evidence of engineers taking courses like these, amongst others, will give you peace of mind your provider has that third-party seal of approval and your business is in safe, capable hands.

 

The benefits of working with an accredited service provider

Accredited service providers are quality assured and offer nothing less than the highest standard of work. Their extensive knowledge, keen eye in identifying hazards and putting controls in place to mitigate them, keeps your people safe and your business compliant.

A provider that invests in continuous training of their people demonstrates a keen interest of client satisfaction and safety, putting them at the heart of what they do.

In contrast, when deciding to use a service provider who isn’t accredited or doesn’t invest in up-to-date training for their people, you can’t expect the same standard of service or assurance that your people and business are safe. Plus, poor quality service checks or Fire Risk Assessments run the risk of invalidating your insurance.

So, when you have to weigh up your options between a low-cost solution with a quality provider, you need to think safety and compliance first – ensuring that you prioritise the safety of your people and your business.

 

How we can help

Here at Citation Fire & Electrical, we proudly hold all the above accreditations and ensure our assessors and engineers receive the above training so they can provide top of the scale fire and electrical safety services. From Fire Risk Assessments to PAT and Fixed Wire Testing, our clients benefit from knowing they’ve used a quality service to best protect their people and customers, while keeping their business safe and compliant.

To give you peace of mind and keep your business safe, get in touch with our team here.