Business Ready - Facilities Management
Facilities management is a vital function in providing a safe and efficient working environment for workers to return to. Before business can gradually return to normal, measures must be taken to protect the health of your employees and customers, while ensuring that your facilities are safe.
Maximising resources and ensuring activities all meet relevant statutory and voluntary regulations will not only help to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees but could now play a pivotal role in tackling the spread of COVID-19.
SOCOTEC has a wide range of environmental, health, safety and welfare services to support estates and facilities managers in complying with their regulatory requirements, including:
Assessment and Mitigation
It is vital that workplaces are hygienic and that assessments and control measures have been put in place to ensure a reduced risk of transmitting COVID-19.
SOCOTEC is well equipped to offer a broad range of assessment and mitigation services to ensure you have covered all bases to make the return to workplaces as safe as possible. These include, but are not limited to:
- Health and safety risk assessments tailored to COVID-19 guidance and requirements
- Health and safety audits in relation to COVID-19
- Occupational hygiene services such as surface swabbing to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2
- Update of H&S Policy to include epidemics/pandemics arrangements
- Legionella risk assessments, water treatment equipment and other water safety services
- Asbestos re-inspections.
Consideration should be given to engineering controls available within the premises. For example, ventilation is a good control if it takes infected air away from people and transfers it to somewhere where the virus will not do harm. Other engineering controls could include physical barriers, as these may be a suitable control in places where face-to-face interaction is required.
As there has been much lower demand for energy than usual, energy costs are likely to rise rapidly once people start to return to work.
Business Ready Support Packages
To ensure that your facilities are safe, compliant and operational in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, SOCOTEC’s range of testing, inspection and compliance services provides a complete solution to support and guide organisations through these challenging times. Packages include: