The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is very clear that fire safety services should be carried out by a competent person. However, evaluating who is competent is currently not straightforward as no clear guidelines have been established by the government. Since the adoption of the Fire Safety Order, the Fire Safety Industry has been striving to define ‘competence’ more exactly and Metro Safety have had significant involvement in the development of industry standards and best practice.
One of the reasons that individual companies within the Metro Safety Group are accredited and associated with a number of professional bodies is to provide extra reassurance that our exacting standards and procedures are in line with best practice. Verification from recognised industry groups gives our clients peace of mind that our competency is genuine, which is especially important when dealing with matters of compliance. We are delighted to be associated with the following organisations and accreditation schemes.
Fire Industry Association (FIA)
The Fire Industry Association is a not-for-profit trade association with the aim of promoting the professional status of the UK fire safety industry. Representing the industry leaders, they work to communicate and promote best practice and ensure standards continue to improve.
Metro SRM are members of the FIA and also sit on the Fire Risk Assessment Council.
UK Fire Association
Members of the UK Fire Association aim to share information and best practice for the fire industry, as well as encouraging the development of expertise and high service levels. Their comprehensive Code of Practice means eligible companies, like Metro Safety, need to show that they hold appropriate levels of insurance and that personnel are competent and trained.
Metro Safety is a member of the UK Fire Association.
Metro SRM are BAFE certified under scheme SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.
BAFE is the independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry. This scheme is designed to give assurance to those commissioning fire risk assessments and give confidence in the quality and relevance of the services being provided. It is essential that the fire risk assessor is a competent person, and the fire risk assessor has a duty of care to the organization on which legislation imposes a requirement for the fire risk assessment.
Metro Safety is BAFE certified under scheme SP203-1 Fire detection and alarm systems, design.
The scheme recognises the importance of providing compliant systems while at the same time minimising false alarms. It aims to give fire protection system users and regulatory authorities confidence that accredited companies providing fire alarm systems, have processes in place to effectively undertake such activities within their defined scope of work.
IFE - Institution of Fire Engineers
The IFE upholds professional standards within public and private fire sectors, offering assessment of knowledge, experience and development and promoting good practice. They also provide professional recognition for members. Metro SRM's fire risk assessors are all currently working towards inclusion on the IFE register of assessors. Many of them already hold Graduate or Member-level membership of the Institution.
IOSH - Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
IOSH is the world's largest chartered body for health and safety professionals. They aim to secure and justify trust and confidence in the work of their members by ensuring high levels of technical competence and professional conduct. Our consultants include both Graduate or Chartered Members of IOSH. Our Chartered Members of IOSH also feature on the new OSH Consultants Register.
Assessing the health & safety competency of contractors and service providers, SAFE Contractor ensures that contractors visiting premises operate in a safe way. Many large organisations now use SAFE Contractor as their primary means of selecting contractors.
Metro Safety, Metro Strategic Risk Management (Asbestos) and Metro Building Maintenance are proud to be accredited by this leading health and safety scheme, which like us is dedicated to promoting higher standards of competency and compliance.
Following pre-qualification to government and industry accredited standards, Metro Safety are Constructionline certified. It is the UK’s largest national register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants, aiming to improve efficiency for buyers and suppliers in the construction industry.
Metro SRM LLP are ISO9001: 2008 and ISO14001: 2004 certificated for the provision of consultancy to the property and related industries.