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PALMS® Public Area Lighting Maintenance Services.

Inspect-n-Check Ltd have identified the need to assist Property managers, owners of “House of Multiple Occupation” (HMO’s) Village Hall Committees and Residential care homes. In fact any person that has assumed the title of “Responsible Person” to conform with the:-

“The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005” (RRO)
In this Order “responsible person” means:

(a) in relation to a workplace, the employer, if the workplace is to any extent under his control;
(b) in relation to any premises not falling within paragraph (a)
(i) The person who has control of the premises (as occupier or otherwise) in connection with the carrying on by him of a trade, business or other undertaking; or
(ii) The owner, where the person in control of the premises does not have control in connection with the carrying on by that person of a trade, business or other undertaking.

Where two or more persons share responsibility (e.g. tenant / landlord, multiple occupancy buildings or adjacent premises sharing common elements) those responsible persons must co-operate, share information and collaborate in order to provide adequate safety measures.

In this Order "competent person" means:
A person is to be regarded as competent for the purposes of this article where they have sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to enable them properly to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures".

Anyone appointed by the responsible person, for example a company fire warden or fire alarm service engineer, may be directly employed or a sub-contractor but, crucially, must possess the necessary level of competence in order to carry out their duties.

Legislation imposes a duty on the Responsible Person, to carry out risk assessments and to take such precautions as to ensure as far as reasonably practicable the safety of the occupants. These measures include the provision of safe means of escape, including emergency routes and exits, together with, where necessary, signs indicating them. Adequate illumination needs to be provided, together with emergency lighting of sufficient intensity in case of failure of the normal lighting.

Inspect-n-check has designed a complete management system to assist the Responsible Person. PALMS® Public Area Lighting Maintenance Services.

PALMS® Protection covers the following:-
We will place in entrance of the building an A4 contact encapsulated Engineers Contact Sheet: (view sample) All equipment, lights, heaters and fire doors will be bar-coded and given its own numbered identity. All results will be logged through our software system and then emailed to the nominated person. We further as per the RRO states maintain site maintaince Log book for Emergency Lighting and Smoke Detection Systems. These books will be brought up to date at each visit.

LIGHTING MAINTENANCE: We will respond to any call received for lights not functioning. The lighting will also be checked monthly when carrying out “flick test” on Emergency Lighting.

EMERGENCY LIGHTING: We will attend site monthly and carry out the “flick test”.  Annually we will carry out a full 3 hour depletion as per the testing schedule in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004, BS5266-8: 2004, 7.2.3 and BS 5266-8:2004, 7.2.4. For full details view our Fire Doors and Emergency Lighting page.

SMOKE DETECTION APPARATUS: Smoke detecting systems are graded on the scale A to F. A and B being panel systems with detectors and sounders and C to F. individual detectors. We will maintain them to BS5839-6:2013. (AOV) Automatic Opening Vents Maintained and tested 6 monthly to BS7346-1 and BS5588-1. A sample of smoke detection apparatus and call points will be tested when on site carrying out monthly flick test on EML.

FIRE DOORS: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that it is the responsibility of the “Responsible Person” to ensure that all fire doors conform. It is further recommended that the doors are checked at least annually. We will carry out this inspection when routinely testing the EML on a full depletion test. Depending upon what type of door is installed we have up to a 29 point check list for fire doors and frames. All doors will be bar-coded for recognition. Property Managers please note that front entrance doors to flats are fire doors and your responsibility!

FIRE ESCAPE SIGNAGE:   We will ensure your escape signage is to the BS 5499:2013, maintain and check on our monthly visits.

ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT TESTING: We recommend that a BESAVI ® Basic Electrical Safety and Visual Inspection is carried out yearly. We have developed our own software for this test. Please see our home page for information on BESAVI ® and CESAVI ® Complete Electrical Safety And Visual Inspection.

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING: Most public areas contain convector heaters these should be PAT tested yearly as they are in the public domain and open to abuse with owners/tenants moving in and out. HMO’s should have all appliances tested yearly as should kitchens of village halls to ensure they are safe to use.

DOOR ENTRY MAINTENANCE: We also maintain door entry systems and install new systems.