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A step closer
19/09/2011 | Channel:
Health & Safety
Experts at Exova Warringtonfire have welcomed the endorsement of a government body in support of its call for the creation of a register of fire risk assessors.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says it expects one or more registers to be created whose certification process has been ‘independently quality assured.’
The DCLG, along with the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA), has welcomed the fire sector’s lead in developing criteria against which fire risk assessors can be assessed. An online poll has also overwhelmingly indicated a demand by the industry for a national register.
Simon Ince, manager personnel certification schemes Warrington Certification Ltd (WCL), part of Exova Warringtonfire, believes the answer to the industry-wide issue is a single fire risk assessment register promoted through end users.
He said: “We now need DCLG and CFOA to encourage end user demand for a register of approved assessors. We need a consistent benchmark of approval for assessors to be entered onto the list and then for it to be the starting point for end users when looking for fire risk guidance.
“Assessors would soon realise that if they couldn’t meet the standards required to make it onto the register they would start to miss out on valuable work and tenders.“