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To make sure a sprinkler installation will work it must be properly designed and installed. There are presently two independently accredited organisations which undertake the certification of sprinkler installers.
Firstly, LPCB/BRE Certification Ltd undertakes third party verification of industrial and commercial sprinkler systems installers to a standard known as LPS 1048. The same organisation certifies residential and domestic installers using a second standard, LPS 1301. Both these standards also call up the relevant British Standards and in the case of systems being installed to BS EN 12845, the LPC Sprinkler Rules and their Technical Bulletins. The LPC rules are obtainable from the . http://www.thefpa.co.uk/shop/shop_product_listing.html?shop_category=4081102A-4F6D-4612-B8CC1630089F89A5 Secondly, Xova Warrington also run two schemes for sprinkler installers under their Certifire brand. One of the these is for companies installing domestic and residential systems, the other for companies working on commercial and industrial sprinkler systems.
Both organisations permit their listed companies to issue certificates of conformity to the owners of sprinklered buildings.
These certificates are proof to building control departments, the fire and rescue service, local authorities and insurers that such systems meet the appropriate standards and have been installed correctly.
Generally in the United Kingdom, spinkler systems are designed to BS EN12845 and BS 9251, there are times where specific insurers or customers require systems to be designed and installed to comply with other international standards, sush as NFPA (National Fire Protection Association - US based rules) or Factory Mutual (FM Global - insurance company).
National Occupational Standards (NOS) are viewed by modern managers as a freely available indispensable tool or resource for managing their workforce. They are used widely to support individual and organisational development and quality assurance at all levels and provide benchmarks of good practice across the United Kingdom.
The Standards specify what is expected of a competent performer and are statements of industry good practice. However, they are not training courses, qualifications or instructions so do not specify how an individual should develop their skills and knowledge.
National Occupational Standards are used to design qualifications, but they are also an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to design a training programme, assess the skills for their workforces, write job descriptions and job advertisements or undertake staff appraisals, because they offer an accurate benchmark to work with.
Using National Occupational Standards develops a connection between learning and work requirements with performance management and development being closely linked.
Establish customer requirements for a mechanical fire protection system
Prepare and produce quotations for mechanical fire protection systems
Design systems for mechanical fire protection
Install mechanical fire protection
Commission mechanical fire protection systems
Handover mechanical fire protection system to customer
Maintain and test the operational performance of mechanical fire