Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of construction and occupation of buildings, one major focus has been improving the competence of those who contribute to the delivery of safe buildings. From those who design, construct and approve buildings to those who operate in existing buildings, competence is essential to ensure the final occupants are as safe as can reasonably be expected.
At Complete Fibre we recognise the need to improve and demonstrate competency across the industry. Promoting culture change and helping to improve building safety for landlords, their residents, and their buildings.
Although 3rd party certification is not a legal requirement for the installation of firestopping seals, tragedies such as Lakanal House and Grenfell Tower have brought to the absolute forefront the need to maintain fire compartmentation.
Any services running through the fire-resistant walls and ceilings have the potential to breach the compartmentation if not done properly.
BlueSky Certification are a UKAS accredited 3rd party certification body offering credible, independent 3rd party certification for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of doors, windows and fire-resistant products.
UKAS accredited certification schemes for installers, such as BlueSky’s Fire Stopping Installation Scheme, help to ensure that fire stopping penetration seals are fitted as intended by the seal manufacturers, to ensure that the fire resistance of the compartment walls and ceilings are maintained.
Complete Fibre has successfully achieved 3rd party certification in Fire Stopping Installation, with BlueSky Certification. This will provide assurance to landlords that their residents and buildings will not be impacted by unsafe digital infrastructure installations.
To achieve certification with BlueSky, Complete Fibre took part in a rigorous process.
The first step was an audit of Complete Fibre’s office systems and processes, including:
- Review of training records for approved operatives
- Review of process for assessing operative competence
- Review of approved operative list
- Review of process for ongoing supervision of operatives
- Installation procedures/codes of practice used
- Records of installation/maintenance activities
The second and final step was an audit of a sample of on-site work activities, ensuring that the installation of the fire stopping materials were carried out in accordance with the product manufacturer’s technical datasheets and installation instructions.
Complete Fibre’s engineers have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to successfully identify and install safe and compliant passive-fire protection solutions on site.
100% of Complete Fibre’s installations are audited by an independent 3rd party, assessing the external, internal and fire stopping elements of the infrastructure. Providing additional assurance to landlords that the installations are safe and installed to a high standard.
To further demonstrate Complete Fibre’s commitment to building and fire safety, we are a Registered Signatory of the Building a Safer Future Charter and are working towards gaining BSF Champion status.