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 Colt Service & maintenance: Your obligations

Building services maintenance:

No matter how well equipment has been designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned, the possibility for failure cannot be ignored.

For life safety equipment such as Smoke Control Systems, the building operator or owner is required by law to provide a suitable system of maintenance to maintain the system in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

This is a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Furthermore the DCLG Guides to the regulations suggest that "The smoke control system should be maintained by a competent person who is familiar with the fire engineering performance specifications of that specific system." Colt can advise you on the scope of these Regulations.

The regulations do not specify a maximum time interval for maintenance, but BS 5588-12 recommends annual maintenance of smoke control systems.

Planned and regular maintenance can extend the life of an item, and reduce the likelihood of down-time. Such a programme also may permit the equipment to be updated in line with the latest technological advances and standards.

You need to keep up with the changing regulatory landscape.

As part of the Grenfell enquiry and Dame Judith Hackitt’s report, these regulations are in the process of changing, with Colt being right at the forefront of understanding what the implications are for building owners and managers. In the proposed changes to the building regulations, there are two new roles connected with building safety. One is of the dutyholder, who takes responsibility for the design and construction of the systems that will make the building safe. The other is the accountable person, who is responsible for ensuring that systems are maintained properly.

Fully competent servicing.

Colt was the first UK company to be certified to both IFC SDI 19 and SDI 05, demonstrating not only our competency in fire strategy, scheme design and installation, but also our high standards of servicing.

Planned and regular maintenance can extend the life of an item, and reduce the likelihood of down-time. Such a programme also may permit the equipment to be updated in line with the latest technological advances and standards.

If you want to make sure your systems are following the latest maintenance regulations, talk to one of our service specialists today.

Common mistakes we see on site visits.

All too frequently when our service engineers are visiting new sites, they find dangerous, irresponsible installations and systems that have been neglected, causing them to under-perform. If these systems were expected to perform at full capacity when a fire broke out, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Therefore, we’ve put together a list of the most common mistakes we see on our daily visits. If your systems have similar symptoms, do not waste time in repairing or re-installing them straight away.

If your systems have been neglected, we can help.

Our Accreditations

Our Accreditations

Colt is the UK’s most highly accredited provider of smoke control service and maintenance. We were also the first UK company to be certified to both IFC SDI 19 and SDI 05, as a competent installer and servicer of smoke control systems.

Read more about our accreditations

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