When installing any fire safety items or equipment in any buildings it is imperative that it meets the uppermost quality standard and is installed appropriately. Also, when it is called upon, in a fire situation, it will achieve its purpose and will function as expected. This is attained by ensuring the equipment and the installation meets the standards as per the appropriate British Standard Specification. Also, when discussing and agreeing a contract with the installer, to ensure they fully understands the requirements of the BS standard and that it is their responsibility to deliver a commissioning certificate when the fire safety system has been installed.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) is a service body that produces standards across a wide variety of industry sectors. Its codes of practice and specifications cover management and technical subjects ranging from business continuity management to quality requirements.
Why are British Standards so Important? British Standards affect all of us. In all probability any product or service we are using will have a standard relating to it. Working to documented standards makes things better, safer and means that they are of a higher quality and in some cases easier to use.
Above all, any business, large or small, can benefit from the conformity and integrity that standards bring. Management standards, along with safety standards, can be of benefit to any organisation. Standards are essential to trade in increasingly competitive markets and they ensure any business offering products, services or processes is, cost-effective and time efficient, commercially viable, trustworthy and safe.
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