Have you covered all of the statutory issues that affect your buildings?
In addition to this Businesses are faced with a wide range of Health and Safety responsibilities that fall on building occupiers. Even where rigid policies and procedures are set out at corporate level, responsibilities for their implementation are frequently delegated to service managers in individual properties who do not always appreciate the importance of ensuring that regular checks and control measures are carried out and recorded.
The discovery of non-compliance is often only made as a result of an incident on a particular site, by which time it is too late to do anything about it. In addition to the direct consequences of any incident, the Business could be faced with damage to its reputation, financial loss, individual officers could be faced with legal proceedings and in the worst case, lives of building users could be lost.
The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 came into force in January 2009 and amends section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. The 2008 Act does not introduce any new legal duties or change any existing ones. It does however give the courts greater powers of sentencing including an increase in the level of penalties for those caught not complying with the existing duties.
There is a widened range of offences for which an individual can be imprisoned
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• Self-deliver services which are designed to mitigate risk,
• Keep building users safe whilst at the same time discharging the obligations of client building managers with respect to ensuring and maintaining legal compliance
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
The Regulations apply to all non domestic premises and place an duty to manage on the person in control of a building so as to make sure that persons working in the building or visitors are not subject to risks associated with coming into contact with Asbestos Fibres
This duty to manage includes an obligation to arrange for an Asbestos Survey where none exists and to regularly update it
Where intrusive works are planned then the duty holder has an obligation to arrange for a comprehensive survey to be undertaken prior to works commencing, so as to precisely identify the location and type of any Asbestos present and take steps to deal with it
Where work on Asbestos Containing Materials is carried out then this must be done by a Licensed Contractor
The new Fire Safety Order sets out the law regarding fire safety. Fire certificates have been replaced and no longer have a legal status. You must now have a Fire Safety Risk Assessment if your business or organisation employs more than one person. The basic requirement is that each organisation nominates one person to be responsible for ensuring that all reasonable steps are taken to eliminate the risk of fire on the premises.
Every Aspect Maintenance Services can help you ensure your building is fully compliant by offering:
• A full fire risk assessment
• Emergency exit and lighting assessment
• Fire alarm installation, maintenance and testing
• Fire extinguisher installation, maintenance and testing
• Emergency lighting installation and maintenance
• Fire suppression system and sprinkler flow testing
Electrical wiring inspection and testing is essential to achieve an acceptable standard of safety and comply with the various electrical regulations.
Each and every employer has a duty of care to maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition. Ignoring the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 could invalidate your company’s insurance policy.
We can help you with:
• Fixed wire testing to suit your legal requirements and needs
• Single site and multi-site testing
• Full reports
• Electrical compliance certificates
• Test reports
• Equipment register and certificates.
Every Aspect Maintenance Services carry out electrical tests and inspections in accordance with the BS7671 and IEE Inspection and Testing Guidance Note 3.
It’s important to get your gas appliances serviced regularly to ensure they are working efficiently and safely. Gas appliances that are left unchecked could be dangerous and lead to fatal carbon monoxide poisoning You should also have a gas safety check done on all gas fittings and appliances every year to establish and repair any hazards.
Every Aspect Maintenance Services can inspect all your appliances, installation pipe work and flues and provide a safety record and Gas CP12 certificate inline with all the gas safety regulations including the Gas Safety Regulations (Installation and Use) 1998.
Emergency Lighting Compliance
Emergency lighting systems are vital in assisting people when evacuating a building in the event of in a fire or other dangerous incidents that cause loss of power supply. The Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1997 state “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails”. It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that these systems are suitably maintained and checked to ensure they are safe and compliant. All emergency lighting systems should now be installed, tested and inspected in accordance with BS5266-1.
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