What should you except from your security installer?
A professional security installer should arrange for a provisional risk assessment survey to be carried out on the premises to be protected. This will analyse the potential threats to the premises and its occupants based upon the value of its contents, utilisation, location, access points, etc. A quotation should then be supplied for a cost effective security system designed to protect against these threats using reliable, quality products, installed by qualified people. On completion, the installation should be inspected, tested and handover procedures followed to ensure that the occupiers can operate the system properly, including helping the systems owner to obtain any necessary clearances with the police, fire and other authorities. Handover and completion certificates should be provided as a permanent record of the work and a maintenance programme agreed to help ensure the system remains effective.
There is no statutory regulation of companies undertaking the installation of security systems. Therefore, clients must make their own assessment of the competence, reliability and integrity of the Installation Company they may seek to appoint. However, this concern is somewhat reduced when using a member of a recognised trade association, as they set pre-qualification and performance standards. These assessments usually cover the companies’ corporate and financial structure, its operating procedures, business practices and its complete technical competence from reference manuals to final complete installation.
Bodies such as the ECA undertake regular periodic technical assessment of all their members to confirm that their work continues to be undertaken in compliance with the relevant standards, regulations and codes of practice.
NICEIC: National Inspection Council For Electrical Installation Contracting, Vintage House,
37 Albert Embankment,
0171 564 2323