As an employer you have a duty of care under the Health & Safety at work act 1974 to ensure that maintenance of plant and systems are safe and without risk to health.
What are the minimum building maintenance requirements to stay within the law ?
UK law is continually revised and updated.To ensure you are up to date with current legislation please refer to www.hse.gov.uk.
Below is a summary of the statutory building maintenance requirements.
• Air Conditioning
Have an air conditioning maintenance plan & F-Gas log in place.European Union F-gas Regulation No. 842/2006.
• Gas Equipment
All commercial gas appliances to be inspected annually. Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
• Water/ Legionella
A valid Legionella Risk Assessment in place. These are valid for 2 years. Monthly testing of water temperatures. A ‘responsible person’ should be identified and suitably trained.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988.
• Emergency Lights
The system must be tested, recorded and maintained on a regular basis. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
• Fire Systems
A Fire Risk Assessment must exist and be reviewed at regular intervals.
All Automatic fire detection systems are required to be tested and maintained. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
All lifts provided for use in work activities are thoroughly examined by a competent person at regular intervals. The Lifting operations & lifting equipment regulations 1998 (LOLER) Regulation 9.
• Lightning Conductors
All lightning conductors and earth grounding installations should be visually inspected and tested at regularly fixed intervals. The testing is carried out to BS 6651. Section 5 of Electricity at Work Act 1989.
What is a statutory maintenance requirement ?
What is a recommended maintenance requirement ?
What are the penalties for non-compliance ?
These maintenance activities have been proven to save lives and reduce injury. Hence why they have been written into law.