Cyclic maintenance can be defined as works that are carried out regularly prolonging the life of a building, to avoid costly repairs or a breakdown that could impact day to day business.
The majority of us work within the confines of a building structure, whether that be an office, warehouse or hospital, and each building comes with its own unique set of challenges and requirements. However, all buildings must still meet statutory requirements along with each individual asset located within. This can become a significant task alongside the day to day running of a business as legislation is constantly updated.
A lift, for example, carrying people needs far more inspections than a goods only lift. Beware, sometimes a lift will be recorded as goods only but still carry people, you’ll need to make sure it’s meeting the correct requirements and that the status is changed, or people are made aware that it is for goods only.
An area of confusion is electrical supplies. There are no set legal requirements to have electrical supplies tested at fixed periods, the IEE wiring regulations are not a statutory document but more guidance into best practice. The guidance states that you do need to maintain the equipment being used, else you fall foul, under the Provision of Use for Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and Health & Safety at Work Regulations (HSWR).
Fire safety is governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which all buildings must follow, with specific guidance set out in British Standards. One example being BS5839-6, a guide which sets out the latest recommendations for fire detection and fire alarm systems in buildings.
Applying the correct maintenance against the correct standard can be a minefield, businesses must make sure they are aware of the latest guidance and standards to ensure their business is fully compliant. If in doubt, contact us to find out how we can help you make more informed decisions. We’re happy to assist in reviewing what you have against each requirement, based on your specific asset database.
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The above guidelines are relevant with UK legislation and intended to steer building owners, operators, occupiers and maintenance providers with greater levels of knowledge of the obligations placed upon them.