MMRA has awarded the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, UK, with a fire risk management system (FRMS) certificate to Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 7:2013 standard. The NHM is the first organisation in their sector to gain certification.
MMRA, a member of the Mott MacDonald Group, was established in 2004 to provide assurance and certification services to all industries and sectors. It is an independent and impartial organisation which draws on a wealth of professional experience to offer an exceptional level of technical capability and service
The NHM is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. It uses its unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. It cares for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcomes up to five million visitors annually. As the first organisation of its kind to reach PAS 7:2013 standard, the NHM’s fire safety policy is translated into action so that the fire risk to people and the business is reduced as far as reasonably practicable while ensuring that the legislative requirements are met.
PAS 7:2013 can be adopted by any organisation wanting to implement a formal procedure to reduce the risks to the life of employees, customers and the public, property and assets that are associated with fire in the working environment. It presents requirements for an FRMS which can be applied in organisations that operate on multiple sites, separate management divisions within an organisation, or individual premises within a single entity. Documentation of the FRMS and its processes provides an auditable trail that demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to fire risk management and legislative compliance.
Paul Bardsley, head of MMRA, said: “PAS 7:2013 offers a big step forward and is undoubtedly a document that will improve the management of fire safety in many buildings owned by both public and private organisations. It’s fantastic that NHM is taking the lead on this and setting an example to others in their sector.”
MMRA is the first organisation to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service to assess to the PAS 7:2013 standard and issue third-party certification.
For further information visit: www.mmra-cert.com
Image shows left to right Dave Weaver (MMRA Lead Auditor), Paul Bardsley (Head of MMRA), Paul Murray (NHM Fire Safety Manager), Sir Mike Dixon (Museum Director). Photo credit Lucie Goodayle, NHM.