FOR THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ Within the workplace, the ‘new normal’ has arrived. COVID-19 inductions abound, with adherence to a new way of working under the pandemic and all that brings: social distancing, PPE, hand sanitisers, and additional safe working procedures.

Once digested and fully understood, it’s back to the day job of working under a new normal. That means maintaining plant and equipment, managing systems, processes, staff and visitors to site, all through the prism of good health and safety management, HSG 65 and the ‘Hierarchy of Risk’.

ERIC PD • E - Eliminate the risk • R – Reduce the risk • I – Isolate the risk • C - Control the risk • P – PPE • D - Discipline

For a Dutyholder working under the new normal, statutory inspections must continue to be undertaken in order to satisfy the requirements of both the HSE and the insurer.

Guardian Electrical Compliance Ltd (Guardian) is the preferred supplier for AXA Insurance and as such we can advise that, at least for their part, it’s business as usual – i.e. you must continue to comply with the requirements of EaWR 1989 and BS7671:2018.

Under the Dutyholder Regulation 3 of EaWR 1989: Matters which are within your control, and given the opening statement regarding the hierarchy of risk and subsequently that statutory inspections must continue, where does the dutyholder – in terms of FWIT – look for current guidelines, frequencies, tangible advice or an authoritative voice so that a professional compliant quote can be submitted?

Considering the Hierarchy of Risk and ERIC PD, do you want a visitor to your site and the additional worry that brings with it? Do you need to book a room, deliver an induction and issue PPE when technology can now eliminate the risk?

Guardian has long been considered a specialist to client education and delivering electrical compliance programmes. Its achievements are

well documented throughout the industry and have been driven by technology and innovation, ensuring that it can seamlessly support businesses to maintain safe working environments.

Consistent with our history of innovation, we are in the fortunate position of being able to continue delivering our standard meetings through Microsoft Teams, with no particular software downloads required to participate. The risk of COVID-19 is completely eliminated as the technology allows us to demonstrate our unique interactive website TraQit on screen, whilst commentary and client discussions continue throughout. With no vaccine or resolution in sight, that gives dutyholders valuable peace of mind. MITIE BUYS INTERSERVE FM

Mitie is to merge with Interserve Support Services in an agreement worth £271m, comprising £120m in cash and a 23.4% shareholding in Mitie to be held by or on behalf of Interserve’s shareholders.

Interserve Support Services is comprised of the company’s facilities management operations in the UK and overseas across both public and private sectors.

In financial results published alongside the announcement, Mitie’s

revenue during lockdown in April and May was down just 12%, significantly less than the company feared.

Mitie CEO Phil Bentley said: “Mitie has delivered another year of solid results making good progress against our strategy.

“We are pleased to have signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire Interserve’s Facilities Management. This will be a transformative acquisition, expanding the scale and footprint of our business to create the UK’s

largest facilities management company and accelerate the delivery of Mitie’s long-term technology-led, vision.

“The transaction will better balance our public and private sector divisions; driving greater returns from the investments we have made in technology and customer service over the past three years. Together, we will create a true UK facilities management champion and partner to UK business, with over 77,500 exceptional employees.”


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