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Firms advised to combine compliance inspections to avoid Coronavirus delays
As the pandemic continues to disrupt business operations worldwide, Bureau Veritas is advising businesses to combine compliance inspections where possible, so that one assessor can inspect multiple-sites in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.
It comes as recent research shows that over half of UK companies expect the pandemic to lead to an increase in their risk profile, with health & safety posing the greatest threat. What's more, reputational risk and ethical stance was cited by firms as a bigger driver than fear of regulatory fines.
"In the current climate health & safety has never been more important and although many inspections will have been delayed or cancelled altogether, the reality is firms are still liable for demonstrating that all premises have the correct documentation when it comes to compliance,” notes Vicky Shah, retail & hospitality lead at Bureau Veritas.
"To achieve this, firms should consider using combined inspection services where one assessor can cover multiple disciplines, minimising the number of people on-site and meeting Covid-secure guidelines."
In line with this demand, Bureau Veritas recently upgraded its Comply in One solution, a combined inspection service that covers core health & safety areas as well as water quality, asbestos and fire safety. The hugely popular service, which has been proven to cut the cost of compliance by a remarkable 30%, now includes an electrical safety offering that covers electric vehicle charger testing, hazardous areas (ATEX) and thermographic surveys.
Comply in One is designed to streamline compliance inspections and alongside Building in One, Bureau Veritas's web-based system for simple, step-by-step property portfolio compliance, it has been shown to achieve significant savings for organisations with multi-site property portfolios. With both services essentially collecting accessible data on one easy-to-navigate dashboard, this gives businesses the advantage of being able to analyse and forecast compliance trends around non-conformities.
Vicky adds: "Using a solution like Comply in One, alongside Building in One, is worth its weight in gold. It means there's no need to send multiple assessors to multiple-sites but more importantly it ensures that compliance data is collected and available on a platform that can be accessed remotely.
"Recognising the need for a holistic and flexible approach at this crucial time, we've added fundamental electrical safety inspections to our hugely popular Comply in One solution, which in sectors such as banking and retail has been proven to achieve cost savings of up to a third compared to standalone inspections. It's a game changer for the compliance sector and we would actively encourage all new and existing customers to take advantage of this fantastic service today."
As a service that's built around flexibility, clients can take their pick of the Comply in One service that suits them - benefiting from reduced disruption, cost efficiencies and industry-leading inspections carried out by Bureau Veritas's world-class assessors. As expected from a compliance leader of this calibre, all of the firm's assessors are subject to rigorous and appropriate skill codes as governed by Technical, Quality and Risk (TQR).
Comply in One is currently available in two flexible packages covering health & safety and electric safety services.
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26th November 2020