MANAGE CONTRACTS Ask any FM what the day-to-day responsibilities of their role are and managing contractors is a part of it – yes – but just an element of the overall value and services they provide.

Paul Lucas, Managing Director at Artic Building Services, stated: “Strong facilities management is vital to the performance of every business. Productivity, agility, safety, sustainability and compliance rely on it. Managing multiple contracts can be time-consuming and disruptive to the FM– who needs valuable time back to operate across the various functions that fall under their remit at a strategic level.”

The role of facilities manager

Managing contracts doesn’t uphold government regulations and compliance standards. It doesn’t identify and resolve problems. It doesn’t improve and streamline day-to-day operations. But all too often managing HVAC, electrical, mechanical and refurbishments contracts across multiple sites can


LEGIONELLA AT BAY Minimising risk to users is without doubt the number one priority for specifiers and FMs when choosing new products or systems. This is certainly true when it comes to washroom systems which are used by high numbers of people on a daily basis. Although commercial drinking water systems are often the focus for safety, other water systems must not be overlooked.

A preventable disease

Although rare - with 110 confirmed cases between January and May of 2019 - Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, and is often very preventable.

Commonly found in water, legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ disease if airborne water droplets containing viable legionella bacteria are inhaled. Temperature is key

on space and management, security and budgetary control, forecasting and planning, plans for preventative maintenance and reducing energy usage.

Partnering with an FM expert such as Artic Building Services allows you to delegate contract management and oversee all contracts in one place.

● Choose from a full range of technical and engineering solutions that are tailored to your needs.

● Tap into a continual resource of expertise and engineers.

● Reduce the time spent on dealing with a multitude of contracts.

deplete your time, your resources and be a financial drain on the business.

If all these contracts were in one place, would that leave you out of a job, or free up the valuable necessary to do your job?

Having all your contracts in one place only bolsters your ability to deal with the urgent situations that arise, supervise your various divisions and advise on business and cost-saving measures. It gives you time to focus

in the prevention of Legionnaires’ disease. The legionella bacteria multiply where temperatures are between 20-45° and nutrients are available, equally the bacteria are dormant below 20° and cannot survive above 60°.

Why standing water is a problem

As such, it’s vitally important that water delivery systems used in buildings such as hospitals and healthcare centres avoid using standing water which, once circulated through the building, can spread contamination.

This is also especially true when it comes to washroom products being used in large builds, whether that’s a healthcare centre, or indeed an office, hotel, restaurant or any other commercial environment. Not only do big buildings tend to be used by a high volume of people, but they are more vulnerable to legionella

A facilities management solution provides you with the support and resources necessary to ensure the many jobs under your remit get done.

FM is pressured, demanding and constant. Sites are often spread geographically, and skills and resources are tight. A partnership with Artic, gives you access to the high-level trained experts and resources you need, saving you time and money in the process.

contamination because they have larger, more complex water supply systems in which the bacteria can quickly spread.

When legionella is allowed to grow unhindered in warm, wet, dark conditions, with a food source, it multiplies faster. Aerosolisation happens when the water that the legionella are growing in becomes microscopic water droplets - this can happen at a shower head or tap. Once the contaminated water is in this state it can be easily breathed in, causing serious illness.

What can minimise risk?

At Zip Water, we understand that legionella is a real risk for many buildings, and that facilities managers are looking for easy ways to minimise this risk. We have a number of product ranges designed to prevent legionella from becoming dangerous. TOMORROW’S FM | 11

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