What is the value in a trade accreditation or Fire and Security Accreditation?
Do you know what fire and security accreditation means when sourcing your fire and security providers?
Many industries have their own accreditation and monitoring bodies. Some are more commonly recognised than others. For example, ask anyone to name a badge on a builder’s van and they will remember the Constructionline or the yellow Safe Trader Scheme logos.
Accreditations serve a variety of purposes such as customer service, ethical values or quality infrastructures and are often created by independent bodies. How you achieve some accreditations can be easy, however in the fire and security accreditation industry, we are in the field of supporting to prevent loss of life. That means the fire and security accreditation we work hard and continually win, will be the first element of quality you should look for in a Fire and Security provider.
Fire prevention and good practice saves lives. It therefore stands to good reason you would only choose a Fire provider with independent certification body, which is accredited by the government body UKAS. The accreditation you need to look for is BAFE. At Alert Fire and Security, we are BAFE SP203-1 accredited.
When looking for confidence in a Security provider, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) which operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government through the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
NSI accreditation has been awarded to Alert Fire and Security for over 20 years and more recently the highest achievement of NSI Gold.
The correct choice of supplier is imperative. Suppliers should not be chosen on the cheapest price. Companies should ensure that their supplier has adequate insurance and accreditations, processes and knowledge in order to satisfy their insurance policy. Also consider the stability of the company to ensure that warranty and continued support is available.
To find out more about fire and security accreditation in particular the BAFE and NSI Gold accreditations at Alert Fire and Security and how to make your business secure and safe, contact us on 0330 056 3551
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Alert Fire and Security Managing Director Trevor Shanley wrote this article for his regular column in the Lancashire business publication LBV (Lancashire Business View) magazine.