In retail facilities you will typically face two challenges to keep your properties safe. First, you have to deal with faults that can impact a location functioning as intended. It can be a leaking tap, broken heating or flooring that has turned into a trip hazard. These are of course issues which can be fixed quickly. And in most cases they rarely present such a serious issue that your location will have to close.
This brings us to the second challenge; statutory tests. Across the UK and Europe, legislation is in place to make sure your premises are safe for customers, staff and the general public. To meet these demands laid down in law requires periodic inspections and/or certification from a registered professional. They cover a wide range of potential concerns too. Electrical and gas safety are the two most high-profile areas, but you may also need to conduct a slew of other tests as well, including:
- Portable Appliance Testing
- Emergency Light Testing
- Fire Alarm
- Sprinkler systems
- Water testing (Legionella L8)
- Fixtures / fittings
- Fire risk assessment
- Evacuation plans
- Fire extinguishers
- Shelving and racking
- Asbestos surveys
Statutory Testing Depends On Location
The variety of inspections, their frequency and certifications varies depending on your retail locations across the UK and Europe. Indeed, some countries require certain tests to be undertaken by the landlord; if you rent the premises some statutory tests may not be your responsibility.
It makes ensuring all your locations are compliant with local legislation governing safety highly complex. You can also become vulnerable to gaps appearing in certifications for your retail locations. Which can result in fines being issues or even locations being summarily closed until they are inspected and declared safe. And that can be hugely damaging to your brand in that region.
A Solution To Keeping Your Properties Safe
For that reason, sourcing your statutory testing needs to Store Maintenance makes a lot of sense. With our extensive network of contractors and professional trades across the UK and Europe, you get timely testing and inspections to keep your locations open. And importantly, you get expert knowledge and advice on the best approach to take with statutory testing for each of your premises. Making your estate far easier to manage cost-effectively and safer for everyone.
So if you find statutory testing for your locations difficult and times-consuming, contact us to find out how we can help keeping your properties safe easier and more convenient.