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Building Compliance Checklist

July 28, 2023

Business owners and the owners of commercial buildings have a legal duty to keep their building compliant. There are so many different laws and regulations to consider, and it can be tough to understand (and track) every aspect of health and safety.

Many larger businesses rely on the help of a facilities services company to help them manage their obligations when it comes to health and safety, but smaller businesses may want to take on as many tasks as they can themselves. Our legal building compliance checklist is not exhaustive, but it does give a strong idea of the areas you need to cover if you are an owner or operator of commercial premises.

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Should I Turn My Boiler Off in the Summer?

May 26, 2023

The combination of rocketing bills and the warmer months approaching means many business owners will be wondering if it’s possible to turn off their boilers during the summer.

Of course, there are benefits to consider, it’s essential to understand the implications, and whether you could be doing harm by switching off your boiler. We will explore the options below and discuss whether turning off boilers in the summer is a wise decision, with a focus on commercial boilers.

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Property Maintenance Services For Landlords – How We Can Help

May 18, 2023

Private landlords, commercial landlords, and letting agents all need to be aware of their legal responsibilities with regards to health and safety. This differs considerably from what you are required to do in your own domestic property and is a critical and ever-changing feature of a landlord’s list of duties.

This is why many landlords, estate agents, and letting agents contact us at Robinsons Facilities Services and design an agreement which looks after all the important services in a rental property, with regards health, safety, security and the environment. A planned preventive maintenance agreement ensures that we keep all your equipment and installations in order and that you comply with your many and varied legal obligations.

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EICR, Fixed Wire Testing, and Fixed Appliance Testing – Are They Different?

April 28, 2023

This is an area that has caused some serious confusion for many people who are looking to work out their legal obligations when it comes to commercial properties.

You can’t take any chances, and if you are the business owner and occupant of a building then it is your responsibility to ensure that you keep the building compliant.

You will probably come across the terms EICR, Fixed Wire Testing, and Fixed Appliance Testing. So, is there a difference between the terms?


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Do Heat Pumps Work in Cold Weather? Our Guide

April 21, 2023

Heat pumps are a popular and eco-friendly alternative to traditional heating systems in the UK. They use renewable energy sources, namely as the air or ground, to heat commercial buildings as well as homes. They can help reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills.

Partially because of the technology not being fully understood, there is often a concern about whether heat pumps work effectively in cold weather, particularly during the winter months. In this article, we will explore the different types of heat pumps, air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps, and address the question; do heat pumps work in cold weather?

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Office Spring Cleaning Tips and Checklist

April 13, 2023

Spring is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to embrace the concept of brushing away the cobwebs ready for the sun. While many of us associate this annual event with clearing out our homes and gardens, it’s also an ideal opportunity to tackle the clutter and mess that can build up in office spaces over the winter months.

Not only can a thorough office spring clean create a much more pleasant place to work, but it can also help businesses remain compliant with health and safety laws in the UK.

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Health and Safety in the Office – Protect Your UK Office

March 9, 2023

A huge percentage of the UK’s workforce work in offices. There are 50,000 commercial premises in London alone, and a large number of these are offices.

While an office might not come with the same obvious dangers as some other buildings such as industrial units and factories, health and safety in the office in the UK is still absolutely crucial, and not something that should be ignored. Not only is it responsible to keep your staff and visitors safe, there are many legal restrictions and guidelines you have to meet.

In this guide, we’ve provided some of the key tips and principles you need to consider.

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Commercial Ground Source vs Air Source Heat Pumps

February 23, 2023

When you are responsible for a commercial building, you have the potential to make a big difference to the environment. The choices you make on things like heating and air conditioning can make a bigger impact than the choices you make regarding domestic buildings.

In this guide, we’re exploring commercial ground source vs air source heat pumps. What are the differences and which are better for your property?

If you need advice, you’re in luck. Robinsons Facilities Services offer expert installation and servicing for both types of heat pumps.

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When to Switch Off or Condemn a Commercial Boiler

February 10, 2023

Safety is always paramount within the workplace. Protecting your customers, employees, and any visitors you might have is not only the right thing to do, but it is also a legal requirement. As a business owner or the manager of a commercial premises, it is very possible that you could land yourself in trouble if you do not take the right corrective action when something goes wrong.

When a commercial boiler has an error or needs repair, it is usually the safest thing to do to turn the boiler off and await attention from professionals. While this is far from convenient, safety has to come first.

In the case of gas boilers, IGEM’s “Gas industry unsafe situations procedure” can make life easier when it comes to knowing what is safe and what needs to be done in situations that could pose a risk.

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