BM TRADA is to launch a new certification scheme which aims to ensure that fire-stopping solutions are being fitted correctly and to verify the competence of installation companies, while offering building owners and responsible persons with a certificate of installation.
The Q-Mark Scheme for Fire Stopping Installation, which will be launched at FIREX International on 17-19 June 2014, is designed to provide confidence to fire-stopping installers that they are fitting products correctly; to building owners, specifiers and responsible persons that fire compartment lines have been properly sealed; and to fire-stopping product manufacturers, that their products are being fitted correctly, in line with both their instructions and their fire test evidence.
A label will be placed next to each installation to confirm that it meets the requirements of the scheme and each will be registered with BM TRADA through their web-based database.
Once this has been completed, BM TRADA will email a certificate to the person nominated by the installer, confirming details of what has been installed.
In order to become certified under the scheme, the installation company must nominate a supervisor who will take responsibility for a number of operatives.
Each supervisor must demonstrate their competence to fit fire-stopping products and supervise the fitting of such products through: attendance at BM TRADA’s Fire Protection in Buildings Explained seminar; completion of the scheme-specific training, including an examination; completion of an on-site competence assessment at a live customer site; and inspection of work carried out by the supervisor and those under their supervision at a live customer site.
A minimum of two site audit visits are required each year in order to remain certified under the scheme.
BM TRADA will be launching the scheme at FIREX International 2014.