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First Class Honours in Fire Safety

21 August 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970

University College London has become the first academic institution to undertake in-house life safety fire risk assessments with third party certification. This step will allow UCL to carry out Life Safety Fire Risk Assessments through the fire and security Certification Body, NSI.

It turned to NSI (one of the first certification bodies to be licensed to deliver BAFE’s Fire sector schemes), to take it through the process to become third party certificated to BAFE’s SP205-1 Scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.

To ensure compliance with the BAFE Scheme requirements and to prove its competency, UCL was assessed by NSI against the Scheme criteria and its documented management system. Its management system process was thoroughly audited and the execution of fire risk assessments by the appointed UCL fire safety team, witnessed by NSI.

Having successfully completed the certification process, dual BAFE registration and NSI approval for the Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Silver Scheme was granted to UCL at the end of July.

UCL’s campus extends to over 250 buildings across London and includes office premises, classrooms, research facilities, laboratories and student accommodation. It currently has almost 29,000 students from 150 countries and in the region of 10,000 employees.

Those responsible for fire safety within the university are now able to prove they have the necessary competencies to carry out their own risk assessments, or sub-contract this work to a similarly competent organisation, if it so wishes.

“We are delighted to have successfully attained BAFE SP205 third party certification,” stated Keith Todd, Fire Safety Officer, UCL. “It helps us to ensure that we continue to operate to the highest fire safety and management standards possible, and can demonstrate this to our relevant persons, our organisation and fire authorities responsible for enforcing legislation”.

the first English University established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. UCL are among the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables.


Pictured left to right: Simon Cooke, UCL’s Fire Safety Manager and Keith Todd, UCL’s Fire Safety Officer, holding their NSI Certificate of Approval

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 21 August 2014


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