Given the complexities and variety of laws and regulations governing the built environment, achieving full compliance can often seem a daunting task for building managers.
However, ensuring compliance should be a key part of the services provided by your facilities management company.
The risks in oversights or corner-cutting can be significant, including serious accidents, fines, and even the closure of a building. FM companies must work closely with their clients to ensure they are aware of relevant laws, regulations, and standards, making their lives easier and affording them peace of mind.
We understand that compliance is a complex area that requires a specialist knowledge, and that is why we have a dedicated compliance team with expertise in all relevant regulatory areas.
Ensuring efficiency and safety
Naturally, fire safety is one of the most critical areas of compliance, and we take this very seriously. We work with our clients to ensure that their fire risk assessments are up-to-date and that their fire safety equipment is functioning correctly.
Water management is another critical area of compliance in which we play a crucial role. We work with our clients to ensure that their water systems are safe and compliant with regulations, such as the Health and Safety Executive’s Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).
Our water hygiene experts conduct regular risk assessments and implement water management plans to ensure our clients’ buildings are free from Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.
There are compliance demands on heating and cooling too. We ensure that clients’ systems are working efficiently and safely. Our team of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) experts conduct regular checks and maintenance to ensure units are in tune with the law, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Companies can also be fined heavily if found skipping on safety measures, which can significantly damage reputation. Failure to meet fire safety regulations can lead to fines of up to £50,000 or even imprisonment in the most severe cases. Similarly, failures in water safety regulations can result in a penalty of up to £20,000.
Compliance is in all we do
We will always conduct a comprehensive compliance audit of the building or workplace, which includes a thorough review of all relevant regulations. This audit helps to identify any areas of non-compliance and provides a clear roadmap towards complete safety.
Once the compliance audit is complete, we work with clients to develop a tailored plan that addresses issues and outlines a clear action plan. This plan ensures that all relevant regulations are met and that the people who use the building can do so safely.
We also provide ongoing support and monitoring to maintain compliance over time. This includes regular inspections and assessments and continuing training and education for building managers and occupants. By working closely with our clients and providing ongoing support and monitoring, we ensure that compliance is always the priority.
Compliance isn’t just about ticking boxes and meeting regulations, it contributes towards the creation of a safe and pleasant environment for those who work and visit the building.
Our approach to compliance is designed to make our clients’ lives easier and afford them peace of mind. By taking on the responsibility of compliance management, we are empowering our clients to focus on their core business activities.
Compliance remains a crucial aspect of facilities management, and it’s vital for the safety of people who use the buildings for which we care. That’s why it’s important to work with an FM partner that understands the risks of non-compliance and has the expertise and experience to ensure that buildings and workplaces are on the right side of the regulations.
With our comprehensive compliance management approach, we are here to support our clients helping to create workplaces that are safe and compliant. To learn more about our building and technical services click here.