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Is compliance the next big issue?

In addition to the comments made by the B&ES’ Bob Towse highlighting the lack of testing of air conditioning systems, I’ve recently had conversations with a number of industry contacts on the general subject of compliance.

While many believe that it is easier for the larger companies to keep up to speed with the latest updates to industry-relevant legislation - as they have the resources to analyse and understand the various implications - it is perceived as difficult for small and medium-sized organisations to do the same.

Some also believe that the UK market is prone to a general lack of enforcement, which as a result could mean that more companies are failing to comply with the letter of law.

One of the many dangers involved in a decline of compliance, in addition to the risk of prosecution, is that it poses a risk to the health and safety of workers and building occupants.

Should an incident result in an investigation by the authorities, there are further legal implications to be considered, which could seriously impact the running of the business deemed to be at fault.

While no one wishes to see any increases in bureaucratic red tape, the growing lack of clarity needs to be urgently addressed for the good of all concerned.

David Fleming’s letter (see H&V News 21 Aug, p11) on the use of non-CE-marked compliant products further illustrates the need for action.

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