The first ever independently verified standard for the planned maintenance of catering equipment has been developed as a result of the collaboration between CESA and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).
The professional bodies have produced an industry-recognised set of maintenance schedules designed to help catering managers prolong the operating life of their equipment, reduce running costs, and achieve compliance with relevant legislation.
Having an independent industry approved standard to which all catering equipment should be maintained also gives managers benchmarks against which they can verify the competence of the service providers they employ.
“When we were offered the opportunity to work with BESA on this, we grabbed it with both hands,” said CESA director Keith Warren. “The lack of agreed quality standards created serious confusion for catering managers and meant vital maintenance tasks were simply being neglected.
“These standards provide the industry with a level playing field so that it can measure both the quality and the cost of the maintenance they receive against a set of independently verified parameters.”
The catering equipment standards have been built into BESA’s long-established planned maintenance tool SFG20, which was developed to support facilities management programmes for whole buildings.
This dynamic online software programme allows a facilities manager to produce schedules covering all the main types of equipment found in buildings. It is constantly updated with changes to technical standards and legislation to ensure the building remains compliant. Schedules display how often a task should be carried out and what skill sets are needed to maintain an asset.
“More and more building owners – including increasing numbers in the public sector – are adopting SFG20 as a tool to establish a cost-effective strategy that closely matches user requirements to investment in planned service and maintenance,” said BESA’s head of business development, Wayne Terry.