Ensuring Competency

Concern is being expressed in some quarters about the competence, with regard to the correct specification and installation of Passive Fire Protection (PFP), of those required to provide certification under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (BCAR 2014) as Design, Assigned or Ancillary Certifiers. This situation is similar to that in the UK following the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, where initially no competency standard was set for those operating as Fire Risk Assessors under that regime.

Although our respective Building Control arrangements differ, the common objective is compliance with similar Building Regulations and the Irish Technical Guidance Document B (TGD B) a close relation of the UK Approved Document B (ADB).

The lack of an appropriate standard being set for Fire Risk Assessments or those providing them was quickly recognised in the UK and led to the establishment of the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council. This Council which included relevant industry stakeholders, including ASFP, produced a Competency Criteria for Fire Risk Assessors.

The ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for Fire Risk Assessors also provides advice. The guide is aimed at all those involved in the specification, installation or maintenance of passive fire protection. The document is available for purchase in hard copy format (order form). To download a free pdf click here.