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Cooper Lighting and Safety is first emergency lighting manufacturer to gain BAFE SP203-4 certification

Aug 22, 2011

Cooper Lighting and Safety, a business unit of Cooper Safety, has become the first emergency lighting manufacturer to gain certification under the new BAFE SP203-4 scheme. Launched by BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) in March 2011, the scheme provides independent third-party confirmation that a supplier is competent to provide services such as design, commissioning and maintenance of an emergency lighting system.

The new scheme will be of particular interest to facilities managers or other ‘responsible persons’ as specified by the Fire Safety Order, who are legally obliged to ensure that anyone working on an emergency lighting system is competent to do so. By using the services of a BAFE SP203-4 certified company, individuals with responsibility for fire safety can demonstrate that they have complied with this aspect of the law.

Martin Mullin, Managing Director of Cooper Lighting and Safety, said: “We are delighted to have gained full registration under the new BAFE emergency lighting scheme, which complements our existing BAFE registration for fire detection and alarm systems. With a team of trained, highly skilled engineers available across the UK, we can provide customers with a range of emergency lighting services, including system design, commissioning, inspection, testing and maintenance.”

To satisfy BAFE’s requirements for SP203-4 emergency lighting certification, Cooper Lighting and Safety had to undergo a detailed assessment of the effectiveness of its quality management system and the competence of its technical staff.

Martin Mullin again: “When customers use a BAFE-registered supplier such as Cooper Lighting and Safety, they know that all work will be carried out in accordance with current emergency lighting standards. It also gives them peace of mind that they have complied with their legal responsibilities and taken every reasonable step to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants.”

Stephen Adams, General Manager of BAFE, said: “We have been delighted with the take-up of this new scheme and are pleased to see manufacturers gaining registration as they play a key role in the market, in support of installers. Cooper Lighting and Safety are to be congratulated on their prompt action to gain BAFE registration.”