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WEBINAR: Get compliant and stay compliant

By Derwent fm

Compliance in facilities management

We all know how important compliance is within facilities management and at Derwent fm it underpins all aspects of our operation. Keeping up with new rules and legislation can be time consuming and is often a challenge for estates, facilities and operational teams.

According to the IWFM (Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management) compliance should take the following points into consideration: law, requirements, rules, standards, transparency, regulations and governance.

We would recommend proactively keeping on top of compliance via a CAFM system which should alert you when attention is needed or works are due to be serviced/completed. This will also ensure that you have a clear audit trail. It’s also a good idea to appoint someone who can stay on top of compliance whether this be someone within your organisation of a professional facilities management company. This is particularly important for efficiency and peace of mind.

Being compliant can make considerable cost savings. If issues are overlooked this can cause far greater problems in the future. We take a proactive approach with our clients which means there are less reactive tasks thus savings our client’s money.

Compliance can ensure that procedures are undertaken efficiently, allowing companies to streamline processes by having strict guidelines to adhere to. Similarly, being compliant in your operation will ensure that you don’t incur any unnecessary fines or penalties thus ensuring your business reputation remains intact.

Reputation can certainly impact on a businesses finances, making things like gaining new business and developing and sustaining existing relationships difficult. In extreme cases, a failure to comply could lead to prosecution which would be detrimental to a any businesses reputation.

If you’d like to find out more how to get and stay compliant take a look at this on demand webinar or give us a call on 0113 531 1000 for more information on how we can help you.

Electrical testing is the key to successful refurbishment

By phs Compliance

Building refurbishment present risks, especially when it comes to electrical systems. Regular electrical testing is a vital part of the maintenance of any building, but it becomes even more crucial with a refurbishment project, explains Darren Blackbird, Sales Director at leading electrical testing and maintenance provider phs Compliance:

“Ensuring every aspect of your electrical work is delivered according to BS 7671 standards is a key priority in any refurbishment, which is why we will often run projects alongside contractors to ensure that our clients remain compliant at all times, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Having an electrical compliance and remedial expert on board to prioritise electrical testing, repairs and safety at all stages of the work is key.”

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require those who are in control of an electrical system, or part of an electrical system, to ensure it is regularly maintained and safe to use, including during a refurbishment.

“We start projects with a full electrical inspection and test to assess the existing systems and circuits and identify any faults, which in turn can be immediately rectified by our team before any work begins, ensuring safety and compliance on site from day one.

“The on-going protection of the existing system is also a priority. Parts of the electrical system may need to be isolated if the work could potentially disturb or damage it, and on-going testing will be required throughout refurbishment to ensure compliance.

“There may also be the need for more remedial work on-site as the refurbishment continues. If an inspection shows that something needs repair, it needs to be done immediately. Not having a specialist electrical installations team on board to carry out urgent remedial work can cause delays and increase costs.

“Electrical upgrades are a major part of most refurbishments and these require careful management, and additional testing, to maintain safety and compliance. Typically, there will be cabling replacements, part or full rewires, distribution board upgrades, fire safety system upgrades, data network improvements and energy efficient upgrades, like new LED lighting systems, to consider. We work closely with our clients to ensure these upgrades are installed and maintained correctly, leaving the finished project fully compliant.”

With over 50 years’ experience, phs Compliance is one of the UK’s leading providers of facilities management and compliance services with over 400 engineers across the UK. As well as electrical, mechanical and fire safety testing and maintenance services, phs Compliance also provides specialist electrical and mechanical project services, including design, supply and installation for everything from power to lighting.