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AGSM’s campaign for change sees fruition – Regulation 36a MOT-style gas servicing goes live!


After years of campaigning, the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM), along with campaign partners CORGI Technical Services and Homegroup, are celebrating this week, as the long-awaited change to Regulation 36 comes into force. As of the 6th April 2018, Landlords’ Gas Safety Records can be carried out on a more flexible ‘MOT-style’ schedule, giving landlords greater flexibility in carrying out regulatory annual gas safety checks allowing more efficient scheduling and a greater focus on hard to access and hard to reach properties. Having worked closely with HSE on the


new regulation, the Association of Gas Safety Managers believe that new Regulation 36a will not only help landlords smooth out the process of carrying out Landlords gas safety records (LGSRs) – a legal requirement for all rented properties, but also give residents greater certainty of when the safety checks will be carried out. In response to the chang- es, Claire Heyes, CEO of the AGSM said: “One of the biggest challenges our


do all it could to help make improvements. In response to this, we worked closely with the HSE on the benefits of the new MOT-style servicing scheme which is already being actioned by many of our member organisations. Working closely with our determined and dedicated members, we have taken the industry forward, and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievements.” The new MOT-style of servicing is not


Members face is gaining access to carry out the LGSR with a significant cost to the sector, so I was determined the AGSM would


compulsory, and therefore Landlords are not obligated to implement the new scheme, however it does offer significant advantages for landlords, tenants and contractors. Under the new scheme, gas servicing can be completed up to two months before the anniversary of the previous check whilst retaining the existing expiry date. Currently, to ensure compliance, many organisations operate a four or eight-week access process to try and minimise the potential for repeat servicing and the extra costs involved, whilst making sure that safety checks are completed in good time.


Apleona secures new UK FM deal with leading global automotive industry supplier


Apleona secures new UK FM deal with leading global automotive industry supplier Apleona HSG Facility Management UK has secured a new deal with one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, safeguarding UK jobs in the process. The three-year deal, valued in excess


of £2million, sees Apleona provide services including M&E, fabric, cleaning, waste management, postal services, porterage, pest control and project management at ZF’s Solihull campus, which also includes offices, laboratories and test areas. This contract win will see 26 employees


join Apleona from the former service provid- er. Additionally, the existing supply chain will be retained by Apleona going forwards, help- ing to secure further jobs potentially at risk. ZF is a global leader in driveline and chas-


sis technology, as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of around 146,000, with approx- imately 230 locations across 40 countries. Alastair McQueen, ZF Group Vice


President, Global Systems Engineering Electric Power Steering, said: “We are delighted that Apleona has been able to respond quickly to support to ZF’s requirements here in Solihull.


We are also very happy that the employees of the former service provider working on this site have been retained by Apleona, maintaining jobs and allowing a seamless transition between suppliers.” James Thoden van Velzen, Apleona UK and


Ireland Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to have secured this deal with a world leading organisation such as ZF and in the process, have directly safeguarded 26 jobs. I am proud that we were able to quickly respond and grasp the immediate needs of the site and to fulfil all the requirements of the client.”


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