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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

BAFE - Helping you to

BAFE - Helping you to meet your Fire Protection Obligations Current fire protection legislation across the UK requires property managers of all nonresidential premises to have adequate fire protection. It is their responsibility to ensure that there is an adequate, updated fire risk assessment and that all aspects of the requirements are carried out competently. This is not only to ensure that customers, staff and premises are adequately protected, but also to minimise the risk of costly unwanted false alarms. The most recent CFOA guidance for the Reduction of False Alarms and Unwanted Fire Signals highlights some of the solutions to this problem, amongst which is the use of third party certificated providers of fire protection services: http://www.bafe.org.uk/uploads/ DOC53C531E465792.pdf To demonstrate that the responsible person (duty holder in Scotland) has met their obligations, many public authorities and commercial organisations now insist that their fire protection services are carried out by a company that has been third party certificated. Many now specify that providers are BAFE registered. You can find out if your potential provider is third party certificated, by looking on the BAFE website: http://www.bafe.org.uk/companies.php BAFE is the independent third party certification, registration body for the fire protection industry. We develop schemes for UKAS accredited certification bodies to assess and approve companies to recognised standards. There are now more than 1200 BAFE registered companies across the UK. Our aim is to support property managers to ensure that they get quality fire protection for their premises, staff and service users. In 2012 BAFE launched the first UKAS accredited scheme for Companies who carry out Fire Risk Assessments (SP205) which is a vital part of meeting obligations under fire legislation. The scheme considers the competence of the individual assessors as well as the quality requirements for the organisation. There are a growing number of companies registering to the scheme, throughout the UK. If you are looking for the supply and maintenance of portable extinguishers, look for one of the 356 Companies accredited to BAFE Schemes SP101/ST104. Companies are certificated to ISO9001 and all of their technicians are assessed by BAFE for initial and ongoing competence. There are currently more than 1250 BAFE registered technicians, working for our registered companies. For installing or maintaining fire alarm systems Companies should hold BAFE modular SP203-1 scheme approval. This scheme includes design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection systems and also requires that all equipment used is third party certificated. The scheme now has over 780 registered companies. Registration to this BAFE scheme is often a key requirement criteria in tenders for the provision of fire alarms. Our Emergency Lighting scheme (SP203-4) sets out the standards and staff competence criteria to be met. It is modular as with the fire alarm scheme and is achieving growing recognition from end users. There are a range of other BAFE schemes covering particular sectors of the fire protection industry and details can be found on the BAFE website, along with a complete search facility to find registered companies in your area. So if you want to be sure you are getting your fire protection from companies who are properly and regularly assessed look for more information at: Website: www.bafe.org.uk Email: info@bafe.org.uk Forget Me Not During a building project access panels can often be forgotten by those involved. This frequently results in highly disruptive work to gain access to important services. Whether you need a fire rated panel with a tamper proof lock or a picture frame access panel, Gyproc Profilex Access Panels offer the solutions to suit all project needs. Founded in 1990, Gyproc Profilex Access Panels was the first access panel manufacturer established in the UK. Designed to fit in seamlessly with British Gypsum’s framed drylining systems, Profilex is a quality name that you can trust. Examined in UKAS-approved fire and structural test laboratories, meeting the latest regulations, Profilex provides quality products that are also simple to install. Marketing Director Angela Turner said: “Remembering and selecting the right access panels can be one of the biggest headaches of a construction project. We now have that covered by our dedicated Bespoke Access Panels team. They liaise with architects to find the best solutions, overcome any difficulties, and manage logistics so the panels will always be on-site at the right time. “Quotes are turned around within one working day and the customer receives regular updates on an order’s progress. “The panels we offer can be made to fulfill every conceivable brief and are constructed to exacting standards using the highest-quality materials. We’re so confident of their durability and performance we offer a lifetime warranty, SpecSure® – as reassuring to our customers as it is unique to us.” Profilex has a dedicated support service with technical expertise that is individually tailored to any customer requirements. To view the complete range of Gyproc Profilex Access Panels, visit www.profilex.co.uk For standard access panels, telephone 0800 032 6345 or email artexcustomerservice@saint-gobain.com For non-standard and bespoke access panels, telephone 0115 984 9116 or email commercial.support@saint-gobain.com 108 SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016 ART_84D Editorial_ART.indd 1 22/4/13 11:28:33

The Key to Success The UK’s original access panel brand, Profilex, holds the key to the industry following a series of improvements to its product. Contractors have given Gyproc Profilex Access Panels’ improved service and range top marks for quality, practicality and durability following rigorous off- and on-site testing. Gyproc Profilex Access Panels are offered in standard or bespoke sizes and shapes, with a variety of options on materials, frame and opening. Finding the right access panels can be one of the biggest headaches of a building project. Profilex now have that covered by their dedicated Bespoke Access Panels team. They liaise with architects to find the best solutions, overcome any difficulties, and manage logistics so the panels will always be on-site at the right time. Quotes are turned around within one working day and the customer receives regular updates on an order’s progress. The panels can be made to fulfil every conceivable brief and are constructed to exacting standards using the highest-quality materials. Profilex is so confident of their durability and performance that they offer a lifetime warranty, SpecSure® - it’s reassuring to their customers and it is unique to Profilex. After undergoing thorough fire tests, all fire-rated Gyproc Profilex Access Panels hold the most up-to-date British Standard fire certificates available (2011). Furthermore, in response to customer feedback the hinge mechanism on smaller access panels has been redesigned to allow the easier removal of doors. Founded in 1990, Gyproc Profilex Access Panels was the first access panel manufacturer established in the UK. The company was acquired by Artex to compliment its drywall offering. Gyproc Profilex Access Panels are designed to fit seamlessly in British Gypsum framed systems. They are made under the expertise of drywall specialists and examined in UKAS-approved fire and structural test laboratories. They are further site-tested for installation simplicity and integrity and are supported, as required, by the UK’s leading technical personnel. To view the complete range visit www.profilex.co.uk For standard access panels telephone 0800 032 6345 or email artexcustomerservice@saint-gobain.com For non-standard and bespoke access panels telephone 0115 984 9116 or email commercial.support@saint-gobain.com To view the complete range of Gyproc Profilex Access Panels, visit www.profilex.co.uk