Poor installation practices and deferred maintenance are two of the biggest and most avoidable drains on an organisations finances.
In all of this the minimum customer expectation should be -
South Anston would be happy to assist with any of these details please email us for further details.
At South Anston we believe that whilst no amount of maintenance can eliminate 100% of unexpected building failures, a good maintenance strategy can significantly reduce them.
This is why we advise all clients to consider a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) package. We feel that rather than correcting problems with remedial or reactive maintenance a PPM approach brings the following 8 advantages.
As the world moves towards the so called 'hybrid' approach to working South Anston expects to see a growing interest in the creation of future-proof workstations for both office and home workers. With this in mind we are in the process of enhancing our ancillary services. One example of this is our 'work station assessments' and Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
It is our understanding that CVS is a coverall term referring to eye problems caused by viewing computer screens. Frustratingly it isn’t one specific condition with one specific cure. It covers everything from eye strain to blurred vision, including; double vision, eye irritation, headaches, neck and back pain.
CVS is often likened to repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist tendonitis because of it's causes are the constant seesaw like reactions and movements required when looking at text and images on a screen whilst referencing physical notes or other documents.
It's important to say that CSV is an eyestrain/fatigue type issue rather than one likely to cause permanent eyesight damage. But, recent research shows that a significant number of computer users will experience at least some of these issues. Studies suggest that the risks become significant if you spend 3 or more hours a day viewing a computer screen. That probably describes most of the population, especially now with the growth of home working.
This is worth considering because an employers duty of care extends to the home work environment where they are responsible for the protection of all workers using what the HSE call "...display screen equipment..." At South Anston we are keen to preempt any problems by increasing worker awareness of digital eye strain.
Our tips to help you and your staff avoid Computer Vision Syndrome.
Here are some additional points worth considering.
All of this is something that South Anston can help with. We can organise DSE fixed work station assessments, 'hot-desking' and source workplace education/guidance. A free HSE publication is available - 'Display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist' It goes beyond screens and monitors, it's a highly visual and very informative document.
UK Health and Safety Executive, Harvard Health, UAB Medicine, Webmd.
NOTE: Nothing in this post should be taken as medical/health advice on which you can rely. It is an entertainment article for general information only. Everything written here just represents South Anston Limited's understanding of current health and safety guidelines and best practices. If you are affected by any of the issues/symptoms discussed we strongly recommend that you take professional medical/health advice.
The Health and Safety Executive published a short leaflet for clients covering the 'Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The regulations as applicable to maintenance and small-scale building works. Interestingly, whilst acknowledging that the clients are not experts in construction, it outlines the clients responsibilities and legal duties. From our point of view at South Anston the points made serve as a handy reminder of what is expected of us every time we walk on site and how we can help our clients understand their obligations.
At the core of the leaflet is the notion that good safety management delivers good value in the sense that it reduces unexpected delays and their associated costs. These are the points to which we pay special attention.
Our working practices have been refined over many years of delivering safe high quality services. Here are our current 'points of emphasis'.
If you would like to follow up on any of the points made here please feel free to email us.
It's becoming clear that hot weather blasts are here to stay. Every summer now comes with news headlines tracking every heatwave, as it happens.
For us at South Anston this is the time of year that we start recommending air conditioning inspections to all of our affected clients. We choose the coming autumn months because the inspections cause less disruption to service and done early our detailed reports allow for planned maintenance and no surprises when the time for cool air comes around again.
'Our message is that planned maintenance makes it more likely that healthy, comfortable and safe environments are available when needed.'
Because this is a regulated area we rely on fully accredited specialist operators and published guidelines. One such guide can be found on the gov.uk website page titled - 'A guide to air conditioning inspections in buildings'
Here is our quick summary of that page.
The guidance is written for managers and controllers of air conditioning systems who have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations of 2012 and amended in 2020.
The main point is that "The person who controls the operation of the system...has statutory obligations...related to the operation and maintenance of air conditioning systems.
Before we go on gov.uk make the point that their page is offered only as a guide and we would make the same point. This page only aims to highlight the issue and recommend that inspections and maintenance is an important part of operating air conditioning systems.
As the gov.uk site says "... it is important to read and understand the regulations and for individuals themselves to take a view on whether their systems fall within the requirements of the regulations."
There are five core areas that concern us all.
1. Ensuring proper health and safety standards.
2. Reducing energy consumption.
3. Lowering operating costs.
4. Cut carbon emissions.
5. Efficiency of operation.
Any air conditioning inspection report should include the following.
Quotes from gov.uk:
It's worth underlining the point that this post is only offered as general guidance on a complicated issue. For detailed advice you should seek appropriately qualified help.
Alternatively you can contact us today to receive details of our 'Preventative Planned Maintenance Package' which includes an initial service.
One of the things we focus on at this time of the year is updating our clients Exterior Maintenance Plans (EMP's). As winter approaches exterior maintenance and repairs become even more important than usual. It is our experience that minor flaws in mild weather have a habit of becoming major issues during the winter months.
We believe a good exterior maintenance plans delivers 4 main benefits.
Here are some guidelines to help when choosing a good maintenance plan. The plan should include.
The planned reporting should cover these basic elements; defective brickwork, blown rendering, vertical lintel cracks, signs of seepage/leaks/water damage, ill-fitting openings and most importantly safety hazards/breaches.
Special attention should be paid to flat roof, gutters, downpipes, drainage, mould and environmental contaminants.
We hope these tips are useful. Please email us if you would like more information on our EMP's.