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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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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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Catering Equipment Repair: What to Do When Something Goes Wrong

April 6, 2023

So many different types of business rely on some sort of catering equipment. Whether you run a full commercial kitchen, a food van, or have a kitchen within your premises, for instance within a school or office block.

If something goes wrong with your catering equipment it can be very costly and leave you searching or commercial catering equipment repair companies. In this guide, we explore some of the common issues that may occur with your catering equipment, and what you can do to get up and running again in no time.

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How Often Should Fixed Wire Testing Be Carried Out?

March 31, 2023

It is an employer or business owner’s responsibility to ensure that certain health and safety precautions have been taken and that employees and customers are protected. One of the specific tests that must be carried out is fixed wire testing, part of an EICR Test.

In this guide, we cover some of the specifics. How often should fixed wiring be tested? Is an EICR test a legal requirement? 

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The PTSN Switchover – How Will It Impact Your Commercial Premises?

March 16, 2023

We have relied on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) for decades, in fact, the technology used dates back to the 19th century! The telephone exchange has allowed us to communicate for all of our lives, and though it is still used today, it has been superseded by newer technologies.

There is a switchover coming, and telephone lines that are fixed-line and not capable of VoIP will no longer be supported from 2025. This is about far more than making phone calls, though, a huge number of other services including alarms, gates, and more, have been designed and installed using the PSTN lines and other telephone services such as Integrated Services Digital Network (IDSN) lines and Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) lines. When these are no longer supported in 2025, those businesses who aren’t prepared are going to be disrupted.

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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 Kitchen Compliance Checks – Ensure Your Kitchen is Safe

December 15, 2022

The compliance of your building is a huge consideration, and whether you are running a business on your own or you have a whole team of people involved, the responsibility will ultimately be yours. Our commercial kitchen compliance guide can help you to make sure you have thought about all of the different responsibilities of building compliance, with a particular focus on the kitchen.

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The Building Safety Act 2022 – Impact for Commercial Building Owners

December 6, 2022

The Building Safety Act of 2022 gained royal assent in April 2022 and introduced a variety of new considerations and responsibilities for the owners and operators of buildings. Both commercial buildings and residential buildings owned by commercial landlords are impacted, and the safety act has been introduced to improve health and safety, fire suppression, and other aspects of safety.

The act itself is pretty complex at over 250 pages in length. If you own a commercial building then it is definitely worthwhile taking the time to read this and better understand your responsibilities. You may be legally liable if your building compliance is not up to scratch.

In this guide, we’ve explored some of the key considerations for commercial buildings.

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SFG20 – What is SFG20 and Should You Be Using It?

November 24, 2022

SFG20 is an amazing tool when it comes to PPM, and ensuring your business meets its compliance responsibilities. If you’ve visited the Robinsons Facilities Services blog before, you’ll know that we are advocates of planned preventative maintenance.

Servicing your business assets makes all the difference, whether you’re looking to expand the lifespan of your gas boiler or just make sure your air conditioning unit is running at its full potential.

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