Regulatory compliance spans many facets of the construction industry; quality and suitability of raw materials and product, contractual agreements and liabilities, health & safety and environmental considerations, to name only a few. Managed correctly, the processes that ensure compliance can also deliver better performance, cost savings through efficiency and increased credibility in the marketplace.
Despite this, compliance can be viewed as a daunting task involving significant time and financial investment, auditing and box ticking. It is no secret that one of the key attractions of temporary buildings is reduced compliance requirements, and even exemption from some building regulations. Fast-tracked planning permission for example, is a pull for many end-users. That said, it is still beneficial for businesses to safeguard their reputations by carrying out due diligence checks. It is important to recognise contractors who operate safely and professionally by using best practice working methods, and to avoid the less scrupulous traders.
So, within the sphere of industrial building procurement, what are the main considerations buyers should look at when it comes to compliance? Mike Willis, Operations Director at Aganto recommends checking the credentials of the installation crews.
“All on-site personnel involved in the build should be trained in basic construction, Manual Handling and First Aid at the very least. We use the Construction Skills Certification Scheme to ensure high standards are met consistently, and in accordance with latest legislation. Several of our higher-profile clients – multinational industrial companies – require evidence of training prior to work being carried out. I would suggest all buyers follow suit and insist that copies of individual CSCS cards and other forms of recognised certification are provided up front.”
The temporary building buying process typically begins with an online search and viewing the company website. General credibility such as case study examples and accreditations can usually be checked at this stage before proceeding with an enquiry. A site visit may be necessary before quoting to ensure accuracy and suitability of the solution, so alarm bells should be ringing if a temporary building company is unable to offer this service. On receipt of a quotation, clear terms and conditions should protect both the buyer and the vendor before the contract is entered. Poorly laid-out or woolly quotations can be an early indicator warning of a company’s general approach to build projects. Lead Site Managers will be responsible for conducting pre-build site audits, including technical checks, risk assessments and method statements so they should be time-served individuals within the industry, with up to date and in-depth qualifications. The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme used by Aganto offers regular courses for senior site staff. Operators must be licensed to use scissor lifts, telehandlers and cherry pickers, and trained in the use of other machinery and equipment such as abrasive wheels. Full CAD drawings should also be supplied for every contract.
Fit for purpose?
Of course, buildings must be suitable for the purpose they are intended. Most obviously, raw materials and build structure must be able to withstand the great British weather. Aganto frames carry a 10-year guarantee and are calculated to the latest BSEN1991 safety standard for wind and snow loads, with the ‘Insulate Range’ available for temperature-controlled environments. All roof, wall and floor systems conform to British Fire and Safety Codes, and the overall strength and durability of the buildings means they can often be used for over 40 years.
An Aganto building can also be adapted to meet the requirements of industry-specific legislation. The Food & Beverage sector for example, has justifiably stringent controls, so it could be easy to assume compliance may only be achieved with a permanent structure. Aganto buildings however, can be designed to meet BRC Food Safety standards, providing a hygienic yet low risk, flexible option to food processors – who regularly need to cope with fluctuations in demand. Easy-clean walls and non-slip flooring provide a safe environment for workers, and minimise the likelihood of food contamination by facilitating easy cleaning, sanitising and maintenance.
For organisations looking to reduce environmental impact, the aluminium frames in Aganto buildings are 100% recyclable – as are the polymer internal walls, which are made from recycled UPVC windows. All electrical equipment that is provided by Aganto on a hire basis (such as lighting and heaters) is either re-used or recycled through the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) scheme.
Aganto is accredited with CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) and is a full member of the UKWA (UK Warehousing Association) and RHA (Road Haulage Association). To find out more contact us or download certification from the Quality & Safety page.