Statutory Maintenance, Testing and Certification Services
Bates FMC offer our clients a one stop solution to all of their businesses statutory requirements within the facilities maintenance arena. We undertake:
- PAT (Portable Appliance Testing): The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
- Where appliances are used by employees.
- Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
- Where appliances are supplied or hired.
- Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
The level of inspection and testing required is dependent upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependent upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used. More info is available at: www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm.
- Electrical Installation Condition Reports: commonly known as EICR, FWT or Fixed Wire Testing, formally known as Periodic Inspection and Testing, PIR. The EICR is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any deficiencies against the National Standard, BS 7671, for the safety of electrical installations
- Emergency Light testing: Emergency Light Testing enables the emergency lighting system to be checked at planned visits to ascertain that the battery power can support the correct light levels for the required period of time. Regulations are in place to ensure that businesses suitably maintain the emergency lighting in their buildings. More information on the regulations can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1997/1840/contents/made
- Fire Alarm and Fire Extinguisher testing: There are a number of things that need to be covered when establishing fire safety in any business, The most obvious are the fire alarms. Your alarms need to conform to regulations, including decibels, continuous/intermittent alarm, placement and quantity. Fire extinguishers will need to be in evidence, using materials appropriate to the kind of fires that may occur in your industry. Fire exits need to be established and confirmed as safe emergency exits from the building. Larger offices may require purpose built exits. Fire-safety signs indicating exits, explaining fire procedures and explaining extinguisher use should all be placed in communal or relevant areas. A schedule of regular fire-alarm tests, fire-extinguisher tests and any other relevant equipment to ensure everything is functional and abides by safety regulations. More Info is available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosion/workplace.htm.
- Annual Gas safety: You must ensure that any gas appliances (permanent or portable), and gas flues that you own and provide for use by your tenants have regular gas safety checks. Gas safety checks are needed by, Landlords, Housing associations, Local authorities, Hotels and B&Bs, Colleges, Boarding schools, Hostels. In hotels and B&Bs, you must arrange an annual gas safety check for any gas appliances serving guest accommodation even if it is sited away from the guest accommodation. More info is available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/landlords/safetycheckswho.htm.
Bates Facilities Maintenance have provided solutions In many environments to recover heat energy from exhaust air and use it as part of an integrated approach to energy reduction. When conditions allow, ventilation systems can often provide an area with free-cooling, helping to reduce the running costs of interconnected mechanical cooling systems.