Time for internal maintenance and legal compliance review?

We may be seeing the very first glimmer of hope that the UK can return to something even slightly close to ‘business as usual’.

Time for internal maintenance and legal compliance review?

What better time to carry out an internal review of maintenance and legal compliance?

We may be seeing the very first glimmer of hope that the UK can return to something even slightly close to ‘business as usual’.

With that in mind, it is of utmost importance that management and persons responsible for health & safety and the maintenance of any building should instigate a health check survey prior to the reactivation and commissioning of any Air-Handling Systems. This is something that System Hygienics can assist with to ensure your building is in compliance with BS:9999 and BESA TR19® Standards.

Have you been keeping up with regulations whilst your premises have been closed (or open only on a reduced basis)?

The lockdown has given businesses the luxury of spare time to take this ‘step back’ and review their processes, and to take the time to make sure that everything is as it should be inside the business. That means ensuring that operational procedures, manuals and records are fully up to date and that nothing has been missed whilst everyone was busy fulfilling orders.

With some maintenance requirements being a matter of legal compliance (and connected to the health and safety of your employees) it is essential to check that contracts are still in date and that schedules have been met.

Now is the time to get ahead of the game – ensuring you are ready for when these restrictions are eased, and you can resume some kind of ‘business as usual’.

When it comes to your Building Maintenance, pay particular attention to: -

Ductwork & Ventilation Systems

Depending on the nature of your business, inspection of these systems is required every 12 -  14 months (quarterly in high risk buildings such as hospitals and care homes and in situations where dust and airborne particles are common).

Fire Damper Testing

Fire Damper maintenance and testing is required to be carried out by competent persons on an annual basis (and again more frequently in dust-laden atmospheres) in accordance with BS9999.

Extract Systems

Regardless of whether your system is in a high-risk category (such as Laundry facilities) or is simply part of your on-site kitchen, the extracts need to be inspected and cleaned to prevent fires and to validate your insurance.

Additional safeguards

Let’s not also forget that you may have new requirements based on reducing the risk to your employees from the spread of COVID-19. Make sure that you understand any additional measures you may have to introduce to reduce the chance of cross- contamination between employees working in the same building.

If you are in any doubt at all about your responsibilities, or would like to take the opportunity to bring all of your ductwork and ventilation cleaning and inspection under the protection of a professional service provider, then get in touch with System Hygienics today or visit our website at System Hygienics.

After all, Clean Air is Our Business!