Legislation

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Our maintenance management team will work with you to draw up an annual planned maintenance schedule to keep you compliant with current legislation. This will be based on the assets you have within your building or across your portfolio.

The resulting maintenance plan ensures that works are carried out when required, test certificates are kept up to date and additional remedial work is undertaken if required. Especially valuable for multi-site locations – test certificates are held online and can be viewed as and when required.

What Does Facilities Legislation Cover?

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • F-Gas Regulation No. 842/2006
  • The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems approved code of practice and guidance.
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • OFTEC Regulations
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989  (BS7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations IEE Wiring Regulations (as amended)).
  • Lift Regulations 1997 (Lift Directive 95/16/EC)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
  • The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

Building Services Covered:

  • Legionella Control,
  • Gas Safety,
  • Electrical Safety,
  • Air Conditioning Systems,
  • Air Handling Systems,
  • Heating, Hot & Cold Water Systems,
  • Ductwork Cleaning,
  • Sewage & Storm Water Pumping Stations,
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems,
  • Commercial Catering Equipment
  • Fire Suppression Systems,
  • Oil Fired Heating Plant,
  • Biomass Heating Plant,
  • Rain Water Harvesting,
  • Fire Alarm Systems,
  • Emergency Lighting Systems,
  • Lifts,
  • Automatic Doors,
  • Lightning Protection
  • Systems, Building Management Systems,
  • TM44

What We Do

When driven by Statutory Legislation and Industry Regulation, this work MUST be carried out correctly, to the relevant and applicable standard, and in a timely manner to ensure that the building owner is always within the law and compliant. Manufacturers Instruction and Recommendations, although not statute law in their own right, can be used in law to prove or refute any challenge made in order to assess if it was “reasonable.

Fixed building services legislation over the years has become much more stringent with greater emphasis placed on ensuring adequate management arrangements are in place and effective. The Legionella outbreak in Barrow-in- Furness in 2002 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shjdXeygqHk) where seven members of the public lost their lives provides a very clear example of how, without the correct control measures in place, serious instances can occur. Six major failings where identified as part of the investigation, these were;

  1. Poor Lines of communication,
  2. Failure to act on advice and concerns raised,
  3. Failure to carry out risk assessments
  4. Poor management of contractors and contract documentation
  5. Inadequate training and resource, and
  6. Individual failings

The Duty Holder cannot discharge its legal duty simply by engaging contractors. There is a duty to manage the contractor by demonstrating a competent procurement process, checking sufficiently what they do and checking also that they do it in a safe and competent manner.

DCS Ltd provide full management and support in the delivery of fixed building services compliance as well as essential system support, in;

  1. identification of compliance/service requirement,
  2. development of contracts to deliver technical/operational requirement,
  3. procurement exercise providing best value,
  4. engagement of approved contractors,
  5. management of contractors,
  6. technical inspection/verification of submitted reports,
  7. acting and advising on appropriate remedial measures,
  8. providing full impartiality on all areas of work acting in the best interest of the client,

http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/
http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/
http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/co.htm
http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/
http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/electricgates2.htm
http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/fire.htm
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-f-gas-regulation-guidance-for-users-producers-and-traders
http://www.hse.gov.uk/comah/sragtech/techmeasfire.htm
http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/construction/view?objectId=17774

Did you know?

When installing, servicing, maintaining or repairing gas appliances and other gas fittings there are a number of statutory requirements with which you must comply.

They cover all aspects of work including but not limited to; gas, electricity, water and building work. When working on gas, compliance with legislation should be achieved by carrying out work in accordance with the relevant industry standards and manufacturers installation instructions.

When any work is carried out in relation to gas appliances and other gas fittings, gas operatives must be competent and hold a valid certificate of competence for each work activity that they wish to undertake. The valid certificate must have been issued under the nationally Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) for individual Gas Fitting Operatives, or through a Gas Service S/NVQ developed by Energy & Utility Skills. All gas appliances and other gas fittings must be installed in accordance with GSIUR, Building Regulations and Manufacturers installation instructions. Installations should also comply with the requirements of British Standards together with other industry standards (as appropriate) and Regulations for Electrical Installations or those Regulations appropriate to the geographical region in which they are to be installed.

As well as proving competence to work on gas, the contractor and their operatives who are engaged in gas work must also be registered with a body approved by the HSE. The body approved to hold and maintain a register of competent gas businesses/operatives is GAS SAFE REGISTER.

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