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BSI launches fire safety Kitemark for Middle East

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has introduced a Middle East-specific Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme to enable safety-conscious businesses to manage fire-related risks

BSI’s Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme will allow regional businesses to achieve third-party certification in areas such as fire prevention and protection.
BSI’s Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme will allow regional businesses to achieve third-party certification in areas such as fire prevention and protection.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has introduced a Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme designed specifically for the Middle East.

BSI’s Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme will allow regional firms involved in the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fire prevention and protection systems, the chance to become third-party certified.

The initiative aims to enable safety-conscious businesses across the Middle East to manage fire-related risks and gain a competitive edge in the market.

Theuns Kotzé, regional managing director of BSI Middle East and Africa, said: “For companies in the region that are committed to implementing and ensuring the continued application of the highest levels of health and safety in the workplace, the Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme is an internationally recognised certification programme that also enables businesses to gain a real competitive edge and successfully manage any inherent risk.”

BSI will conduct a half-day seminar today to provide technical insight into its Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme. With registered attendees ranging from c-suite professionals and designers to onsite installers and maintenance professionals, the session will also act as a platform for peer networking.

The Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme will require participating companies to undertake four modules, covering design, installation, commissioning and initial verification, and maintenance.

Commenting on the Kitemark initiative, Andy Packham, certification manager at BSI, said: “This scheme has been running in the UK for eight years and has been adapted by BSI to specifically suit the requirements of the Middle East market.”

The scheme will offer certification in NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm and Signalling Code, NFPA 2001 – Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, NFPA 12 – Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems, and BS 5389-1 – Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings (Non-Domestic).

Companies applying for certification will have the choice of selecting all of the modules, or those specifically related to their industry activities.

“Having competent and properly trained people in your team, or working with the right sub-contractor, is especially vital when it comes to workplace health and safety,” noted Packham.

“The fire installer scheme certification process evaluates competency and implementation across multiple areas, with a focus on a sound working knowledge of the installation and commissioning requirements of relevant codes, knowledge of national wiring regulations, and proper follow-up in terms of maintenance records,” he concluded.

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