The FIA is the largest fire protection trade association in the UK with 650+ members with an objective is to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus.
The FIA promote and shape legislation and the professional standards of the fire industry through close liaison with government and official bodies, as well as other key stakeholders.
BAFE is an independent third party certification organisation for the fire protection industry. Freedom have certification against the scopes of Design, Installation, Commissioning/Handover and Maintenance of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems. We are assessed on a regular basis to ensure we remain competent in these scopes and carry out high quality work on a consistent basis. Freedom are audited annually against the BAFE SP203-1 scheme by SSAIB, a UKAS accredited Certification Body.
Constructionline offers bespoke questionnaires for company information, which is then visible to over 8,000 Constructionline buyers and decision makers, in a similar format as CHAS. Constructionline membership shows that TIS are compliant with and align to industry and government standards and operate in a safe, professional and trusted manner.
The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) is the leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems, telecare systems and services, manned security services and monitoring services.
SSAIB is a Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved certification body – in respect of the SIA Approved Contractors Scheme – that operates in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Founded in 1994, the SSAIB is a company limited by guarantee, operating on a not-for-profit basis. It promotes high standards of service and is focused on serving the certification needs of organisations providing security and safety related services.
Certification with SSAIB is a mark of excellence. Our approach is inclusive of small and larger providers alike and we have some 1,600 companies of all sizes on our register, which means that we represent the greatest number of security service providers in the sector.
Third-party certification plays an increasingly important role in enabling firms to compete in the marketplace and access to some market sectors may be conditional on having third-party certification.
Through participation at National and European level, SSAIB helps to shape standards – being informed and informing others of issues that might impact upon service providers and end users.
We continue to review the range of schemes we offer, to ensure that they meet the needs of both the market place and registered firms. Our schemes both serve and rely upon good working relationships with a number of influential groups within the sectors in which we operate, not least the Police, Fire services, insurers and industrial and commercial clients.
SSAIB’s schemes comply with all Police policies (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic) and insurers – often as a condition of their underwriting – place particular demands on security and fire safety system providers. In the event of an incident, insurers will need to be satisfied that all reasonable precautions have been taken to mitigate risk.
The costs associated with losses in the aftermath of an incident are not just limited to the immediate losses – as such incidents often lead to longer term consequential losses to the business. Using a certificated provider should minimise the likelihood of such events and demonstrate that all reasonable steps have been taken.
Being a member of CHAS ensures benefits to both Freedom and our customers, it provides the reassurance that we are compliant with the most important parts of Health and Safety law (as described in the CDM regulations). From a buyer/customer’s perspective, assessing suppliers health and safety competence is usually a lengthy and time consuming process. Suppliers can sometimes meet one buyer’s Health and Safety standards but not another. Being CHAS approved reduces duplication as our compliance is accepted by all CHAS buyers.
The Cyber Essentials scheme provides businesses with clarity on good basic cyber security practice. By focusing on basic cyber hygiene, your company will be better protected from the most common cyber threats.