Monday, August 27, 2012

New BM TRADA Q-Mark Fire Door Maintenance Scheme provides specifiers with complete peace of mind

BM TRADA Certification has launched a new Q-Mark scheme for Fire Door Maintenance to complement its Fire Door Manufacturer and Fire Door Registered Installer Schemes.

Working closely with sister company Chiltern International Fire (CIF), BM TRADA has responded to considerable demand from both specifiers and installers to introduce this new scheme, which meets all the complex demands of on-site maintenance required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

The Q-Mark Fire Door Maintenance scheme has been developed as a result of extensive consultation and a three-month pilot programme.

Commenting on the new scheme, Simon Beer, Product Certification Manager - Doors and Windows, BM TRADA Certification, said: “Previously we have operated an installation scheme that demonstrates competence to install. This new scheme now helps to ensure that the ongoing performance of a doorset is maintained after the initial installation.”

The specific requirements of the scheme include initial training, delivered through CIF’s ‘Fire Doors Explained’ - incorporating additional installation and maintenance modules, followed by a written exam; initial audit; and ongoing surveillance audits. Accepted Repair Techniques are a key part of the scheme, allowing maintainers to repair moderate damage, with traceability back to supporting evidence.

Simon adds: “Together with the Fire Door Manufacturer scheme and Fire Door Registered Installer scheme, the specifier can now be confident that the product, its installation and on-going maintenance are all covered by Q-Mark third party certification.”


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