Even more awards and accreditations keep coming in, this time for Passive Fire Safety works FIRAS
Why choose a FIRAS certified installation contractor?
FIRAS certified contractors are required to undergo a three-stage assessment process, and only when the applicant contractor has satisfied all of these criteria is certification granted:
- Assessment of office management systems
- Assessment of workmanship of site for all trade disciplines for which certification is sought
- Competence assessment of supervisory and installation employees
All FIRAS site inspectors and sprinkler engineers have technical and practical knowledge and experience in fire protection. Certification requirements have been developed with UK trade associations including:
- Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) – Passive fire protection of building structural steel frame, penetration seals (fire stopping), cavity barriers
- British Woodworking Federation (BWF) – Timber fire doors
- Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) – Fire rated glazed screens
- Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) – Steel fire doors and hardware
- British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) – Residential, domestic, commercial and industrial sprinkler systems
- XACT – Residential, domestic sprinkler design and installation training
FIRAS certified contractors are subject to an annual audit of their offices and ongoing, random surveillance site inspections where competence and workmanship are assessed.
Contractors certified under the scheme for installers of residential and domestic sprinklers have system designs randomly checked to appropriate standards in addition to site inspections.
FIRAS certified contractors are required to log ‘contracts in hand’ on the FIRAS online database. A ‘Certificate of Conformity (Compliance)’ for the completed works is issued from the FIRAS online database.
FIRAS certification is awarded to the contracting company, not the individual employees. Should a contractor wish to increase their scope of certification, a separate application must be made to attain the additional certification.
We see this as a powerful tool to show our clients that any Fire-Rated installation completed by Millwood Servicing on your behalf has been correctly manufactured and installed using the necessary skills, knowledge and experience as required by the CDM (Construction Design & Management) Regulations.