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  • Nick McGill

Getting buildings back to business: our top five tips for a safe reopening

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

The last few months have been incredibly challenging for businesses, with many premises being closed for business for over 100 days.

As we move out of lockdown, organisations are facing yet another challenge – how to get those mothballed buildings back up and running safely.

After lying empty for a long time, buildings will need attention to get ready for business again. It can be tricky to work out what are the priorities are to ensure a safe reopening, so here are my top five tips on how to get your spaces ready to welcome back your workforce.

  • Life safety systems: check your essential systems are fully functional, including emergency lighting and fire alarms.

  • Fire exits: make sure all fire exits and escape routes are free from obstructions.

  • Water: run water through all outlets, especially those used for drinking, to avoid consumption of stagnant water.

  • Compliance with regulations: check that your building statutory compliance is up to date, including your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), Portable Appliance Testing, Legionella risk assessment for water services (L8) and gas appliance safety checks.

  • COVID-19 safety: consider and put in place any adjustments you need to make to ensure a COVID-19 safe workplace.

The team here at Summit Facilities Services can help get your building back to business, whether you need guidance on certification, help with essential systems or adjustments to be COVID-19 safe. Just give me a call on 07803 744663 or drop me a message at

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27 nov 2020

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