Over recent years, the subject of workplace health and safety has become one of the most critically important for businesses up and down the UK. It’s not as if the safety and health of workers was ever taken for granted…at least not during recent history…but with each passing year the UK government makes it clearer than ever before that when it comes to looking after workers, the responsibilities placed on the shoulders of company bosses are staggering to say the least. Being held liable for even the slightest mishap can be enough to cripple a company, which is why these days there’s no such thing as being too proactive or careful.
This is where the subject of LEV systems and nationwide LEV testing comes into the equation. The long and short of it is that when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, there really isn’t anything at all that’s quite as important as providing clean and safe air to breathe. Without fresh air, really nothing else matters across the board, which is why it’s all the more surprising that things like LEV testing tend to be overlooked and side-lined by so many businesses even today.
The importance of getting all LEV systems and duct-work inspected and serviced on a periodic basis cannot be overstated. But at the same time, the quality of the result will only ever be as good as that of the team carrying out the inspection.
So when it comes to making the right choice if looking to call in the inspectors, what should you be on the lookout for?
Well, first of all there’s the not-insignificant matter of how long they’ve been in business. While there’s nothing to say that all newcomers to the game are necessarily bogus or bad news, there’s nothing quite like the peace of mind that comes with hiring an industry expert. The longer they’ve been doing what they do, the more experience they have with every imaginable scenario and thus the better their chances of helping you out this time around. See how long they’ve been in business and use this as one of the deciding factors.
Knowledge and Passion
Before going ahead with your final decision, take a little time to look over the provider’s website and see what it says about them by way of passion and knowledge. In some cases you’ll find that the site is something of a comprehensive resource, bursting with information from all corners on the subject of LEV installation and maintenance. By contrast, others will tell you nothing other than how to get in touch with them – the latter being the less reassuring of the two in most cases.
In-House Service Team
Never, under any circumstances deal with a brand that’s in the habit of outsourcing jobs to random third-parties. The reason being that when they use their own in-house team of dedicated talent, they know exactly who can do what and can thus guarantee a certain level of quality. By contrast, if and when they outsource jobs to other people, you have absolutely no way of knowing the capabilities and general quality of those they’ll be taking on to do your job. If they’re in the habit of outsourcing, you’re technically dealing with a middleman – never a good idea.
It should be pretty easy to find out what kind of reputation the provider has in the eyes of its past and present clients – a little online search should be enough to find tons of reviews. When looking into a brand’s reputation, it’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect service provider and that every last one of us makes mistakes. As such, the odd blemish here and there on their track record is perfectly normal – if on the other hand things seem to be weighted not exactly in their favour, you might want to look elsewhere. And if you’re unsure, you can always ask them directly.
Last but not least, there’s really no sense in signing up for anything at all if they are not willing to offer at least some form of guarantee to cover the work carried out. The very least you should expect these days as standard is a promise that the price paid will be the lowest on the market, the installation and inspection services will be of the utmost quality and that if there are any problems further down the line, aftercare will be offered.