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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.

Electrical

About The NICEIC

NICEIC is the UK's leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for over fifty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors.

Choosing an NICEIC registered electrician is a householder's best way to ensure a safe job. Electricians registered with NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis to ensure high standards and their work is checked against the IEE Wiring Regulations BS 7671 as well as other standards.

For the contractor
Approved contractors undergo a rigorous assessment process, covering a representative sample of their work, their premises, documentation, equipment, and the competence of their key supervisory staff. They are then re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.

Once registered with the NICEIC, contractors can access a range of support services, including technical advice, industry recognised training, industry literature and contractor insurance.

In addition to this NICEIC also provide certification and approval services for businesses and individuals across the heating, plumbing, renewable and insulation sectors. Our core approval services are supported by a number of products and services that are tailored specifically to contractor's and their customer's needs.

For the householder
NICEIC operates an independent complaints procedure governing the technical standards of its Approved Contractor and Part P Domestic Installer Schemes. If the work of a registered contractor is found to be below the accepted technical standard, NICEIC can require the contractor to correct the work at no additional cost to the customer.

NICEIC regularly promotes the importance of employing an approved contractor to homeowners. Aside from the assurance of safety and competence of work, additional benefits to the consumer include guaranteed compliance with building regulations, an insurance-backed warranty and access to an independent complaints procedure, should a problem arise.

Part P Approved Contractor

Electrical Safety Regulations
NICEIC registered electricians have already helped to improve the standard of electrical work in the UK. A new electrical safety law, often referred to as Part P of the Building Regulations, has further enhanced the protection of homeowners and reduced the risk of electric shock when using electricity. The law, which applies to England and Wales aims to improve electrical safety in the home and prevent the number of accidents, which are caused by faulty electrical work. The law requires an electrician registered with a government-approved scheme, such as NICEIC, to carry out most electrical work in the home. After completion of any work your NICEIC registered electrician will issue you with a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate to prove it meets the required standards of Part P. You can only carry out electrical work yourself if you can inspect and test that it is safe for use. To comply with the law you must notify your local building control office before you begin any work and pay the appropriate fee for them to inspect the work.

The specific section of the Building Regulations for England and Wales that relates to electrical installations in domestic properties. Part P provides safety regulations to protect householders, and requires most domestic electrical work to be carried out by government-registered electricians, or to be inspected by Building Control officers.

British Standard BS 7671 – also known as the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineering) wiring regulations. Details the requirements for electrical installations and is the standard against which all NICEIC contractors are assessed. To enrol with NICEIC all electricians, and anyone they employ, must meet this national safety standard.