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There are a variety of different systems within any commercial building that need to be checked for compliance. Building regulations should be taken very seriously, and it is crucial to keep within the law to protect anyone using your premises.
Our team of experts can advise on British Standards, Building Regulations, Risk Assessments, and the Health and Safety at Work Act among other areas, to ensure that your business is compliant.
What is Building Compliance?
Building compliance refers to a set of building standards and regulations that ensure the safety of occupants and users of commercial buildings. It is the responsibility of the building owner or occupier to make sure that their building meets these standards, which are set by local authorities.
What Happens if You Don’t Comply?
If you do not comply with building regulations, you may be liable for damages or injuries that occur as a result. You could also face legal action from the local authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
If you have people on your premises then it is your responsibility to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that they are as safe as possible.
There are also examples where your premises may be closed down if it is deemed unsafe. This could have a devastating effect on your business, so it is important to take building compliance seriously.
What Building Compliance Checks Are Required?
A building compliance check will assess a variety of different systems within your building, including:
- Electrical systems. You need to ensure that appliances are regularly tested by a competent person for safety. PAT and FAT testing are popular solutions.
- Fire safety. You need to have a fire risk assessment carried out by a competent person and put in place appropriate measures, such as fire alarms and extinguishers.
- Gas safety. You need to ensure that all gas appliances are regularly serviced and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Asbestos checks. If you have asbestos on your premises, you need to ensure that it is managed correctly in line with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
- Water safety. You need to ensure that your building has a suitable water supply and that it is regularly checked for Legionella bacteria.
- Kitchen appliances. If you have any kitchen appliances, such as dishwashers or fridges, you need to ensure that they are regularly cleaned and maintained.
These are just some of the checks that may be required in order to ensure building compliance. It is important to get expert advice to make sure that you are meeting all the relevant standards and regulations. Remember that every business and every commercial property is different, so you need an expert to assess the situation and ensure compliance.
Planned Preventative Maintenance
Compliance in buildings is something that needs constant observation. A building is a complex system of facilities services and products that all have to work together in order for the building to function properly. Over time, components will degrade and eventually fail. This is why it is important to have a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) schedule in place.
A PPM schedule involves carrying out regular checks and servicing of all the systems and components in a building. This helps to identify any potential problems before they occur, which can save a lot of money in the long run. It also helps to improve the safety of occupants and users of the building, along with legal compliance to cover your business.
Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time for building compliance services. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.
Building Compliance FAQs
Mandatory compliance relates to your legal obligations within a business. If something is required by law it is considered mandatory, and this can include a number of elements of building compliance such as testing alarm systems.
Building compliance is all about meeting the specific legal requirements relating to your commercial premises and their equipment within. By definition, compliance is a legal requirement.
Compliance maintenance is ensuring that your premises and facilities have been checked and that they abide by regulations that are relevant to them. Maintenance companies can offer surveys of your building to ensure that everything has been checked and maintained to legal standards.
Depending on what is found to be non-compliant it is possible that you could face a warning and demand for corrective action, a fine, or even time in prison for certain offences.