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Standards & Compliance

Fire

BS - British Standard

All alarm systems installed within the EU must meet some basic standards in order to be recognized by insurance companies, and to then be able to gain a police response. EN50131 is the European Standard and each country in Europe has its own individual requirements. Countries often publish local standards which alarm systems must also comply with in addition to the EN 50131 series. In the UK these additional standards are represented by PD6662 and BS8243.

PD6662 is the main document that publicises some UK specific changes to the EN50131 series. The "PD" means "Published Document" and it indicates that it is not a formal British Standard, but it has been issued by the British Standards Institution in order to assist the security industry.

BS8243 is a British Standard, and it validates an older document called "DD243". Both BS8243 and DD243 define a set of procedures for reducing false alarms caused by intruder and hold up alarm systems.

British Standard (BS) 5839 Part 1: 2008 (Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings) is the latest standard that we adhere to. Excel are trained in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems.

The following provides some general advice regarding your fire alarm system.

Appoint a responsible person to deal with your fire procedures

This person will be responsible for ensuring the system is regularly tested, inspected and serviced and that all events are recorded in the log book.

Carry out a Risk Assessment

Every commercial organisation has a legal responsibility to carry out a fire risk assessment and if you employ 5 persons or more, these findings must be recorded. You can either appoint a reputable company to carry out your Risk Assessment or you can carry this out yourself.

Instruct a specialist fire alarm company such as Excel to provide servicing in accordance with BS 5839-1:2008

You should ensure that your system is being inspected in line with the latest British Standards.

Keep all parties informed

It is important that you liase with all parties involved (fire officer, insurer, system maintainer) if you change either the use of your buidling or extend/ enhance to ensure that you will still be compliant with the standard.

Staff training

It is very important that your staff are trained in using the system and know how to conduct relevant weekly/monthly tests.

Security

Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board

SSAIB only certificate companies that can demonstrate technical and managerial competence through an inspection of the processes and procedures they operate.

SSAIB certification means that you can be confident in the quality of service provided to protect your business from the potentially devastating consequences of fire or crime.

Increasingly insurers require evidence that all reasonable steps have been taken to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of personnel and assets within the workplace. SSAIB certificated providers will meet or exceed your insurer's requirements.

All alarm systems installed within the EU must meet some basic standards in order to be recognized by insurance companies, and to then be able to gain a police response. EN50131 is the European Standard and each country in Europe has its own individual requirements. Countries often publish local standards which alarm systems must also comply with in addition to the EN 50131 series. In the UK these additional standards are represented by PD6662 and BS8243.

PD6662 is the main document that publicises some UK specific changes to the EN50131 series. The "PD" means "Published Document" and it indicates that it is not a formal British Standard, but it has been issued by the British Standards Institution in order to assist the security industry.

BS8243 is a British Standard, and it validates an older document called "DD243". Both BS8243 and DD243 define a set of procedures for reducing false alarms caused by intruder and hold up alarm systems.