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It doesn't matter what size of business you run, the health and safety of your staff is paramount yet many overlook the importance of UK compliance laws.

Read our latest blog post to find out why you should take compliance very seriously.

#business #compliance #legislation #UKLaw #ECMS

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Do you run a commercial kitchen or food business?

Check out our must read blog post on why it is critical to maintain good hygiene standards in your kitchen and throughout your restaurant area.

#cleaning #hygiene #degreasing #kitchen #commercial #food

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Whether you've had or are about to have a Christmas party at the office or home, read our latest blog as to why you should keep these three essential natural cleaning products to hand for those necessary clean up jobs and spills.

Merry Christmas from everyone at ECMS!

#cleaning #natural #products #christmas #cleanups #spills

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Is your office a healthy and safe place to work? Poor hygiene and safety policies can lead to staff sickness or injury.

Read our 6 tips to a healthier and safer working environment.

#blog #health #safety #staff

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Some jobs just aren't that glamorous but are important to stay on top of. Blocked gutters can lead to larger, more costly problems.

Read our latest blog post about how to maintain your gutters and prevent unwanted repairs bills from racking up!

#Cleaning #Maintenance #Gutters #Roofs #Jetspraying #ECMS

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Does your office space lack inspiration and feel dull, lifeless and cluttered? Perhaps it's time for a rethink and a redecoration.

ECMS can help bring your office back to life with our helpful and insightful redecorating tips. Read our latest blog post to find out more or call our team on 01474 876800, email info@ecms-ltd.co.uk or visit us on the web.

#ECMS #redecorating #interiors #office #painting

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Are your offices embracing the modern open plan concept? With more people occupying the same spaces, noise, privacy and concentration can be a problem when thinking time is a necessity.

Speak to ECMS about installing glass partitioning systems to create small yet functional meeting areas and modular work areas that will transform your office and give your team to space they need, when they need it.

Call now on 01474 876800, email info@ecms-ltd.co.uk or read more at http://www.ecms-ltd.co.uk/partitions-still-place-modern-offices/

#office #partitions #spaces #cubicles

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6 reasons why you need to install an air conditioning system
The sun may not come out to play very often in the UK but when it does, we can experience some of the hottest temperatures in northern Europe, due to the gulf stream pulling warm air from across the continent onto our shores for the summer months.

Just this past month alone (July 2016), temperatures soared in many places to above 35ºc, making it one of the warmest periods on record. Most people love the warm sunnier days however, working in those conditions, especially in a busy office environment filled with computers, monitors and other hardware constantly emitting heat, makes it for a very uncomfortable experience.

Many firms try to counter the hotter periods by purchasing basic floor-standing fans as a means to improve ventilation but all this does is create new problems, not to mention make you look like a cheapskate! With air blasting in various directions – paperwork, dust and debris starts to blow all over the place and frankly, this cheap and cheerful solution to the problem is not the answer.

Temperatures throughout the building will still remain uncomfortably warm and this will inevitably lead to a reduction is staff productivity, costing your business money!

So if you’re faced with the dilemma of whether you should or shouldn’t consider getting an air-conditioning system installed at your workplace, here’s six reasons that should convince you to make it happen:

1. Staff Health
If you’re finding that staff are frequently sick or requesting time off work for illness related issues, chances are that air quality and internal office temperatures could be to blame.

Studies have shown that common cold and flu bugs love warm and damp environments, where they spread easily. By installing a high quality HVAC system, you can help prevent the spread of germs and keep your workers healthier for longer all year round.

2. Staff Performance
Recent surveys have shown that staff take far longer breaks during hotter periods. Naturally, people do tend to gravitate towards the outdoors on the warmer summer days however, if your office feels like a furnace, no one will want to spend too long working in such difficult surroundings.

Too much heat and concentration levels drop, mistakes are made and productivity drops. By cooling the internal air, you create a controlled environment that makes being indoors more appealing and a place to actually escape the heat; not run away from!

3) Staff Morale
A workplace with a consistent and balance temperature makes for a more contented team.

It’s very true that there will be differences of opinion as to what the ambient office temperature should be, with older people preferring cooler temperatures to the young and women preferring slightly warmer temperatures to men. However, with an efficient air-conditioning system in place, you should be able to find a happy medium where temperatures are set at a comfortable range for certain areas of the office so that most if not, everyone should be just about happy with the temperatures you set.

4) Damp & Moisture Reduction
Damp and moisture can be a huge problem not only to your office environment but also to your team’s health. Mould spores can cause allergies and various health implications as well as cause longer term damage to walls, ceilings and electrical equipment.

A good A/C system will take care of these concerns and remove excess moisture from the air in your office and maintain a much healthier balance.

5) Reduced Maintenance Costs
If your air-conditioning system is regularly maintained, it should tick over nicely for years and go unnoticed. If serviced regularly, A/C units tend to last a very long time without the need for replacement or major repairs.

On the whole, A/C systems lose about 5% efficiency each year if in constant use and if allowed to become dirty, dusty or suffer from excessive wear and tear or leakages, that can increase to a loss of up to 40% of its effectiveness.

A regular check up each year by a qualified engineer will ensure your prized investment lasts for many years to come.

6) Money Saving
The money saving comes from various aspects of your business and not necessarily just the air conditioning system itself.

As mentioned before, if your staff are happy, healthy and productive, chances are your business will thrive as a result. The same goes for your A/C system. If it is well maintained and regularly serviced, it will operate to its maximum potential, keeping energy costs down, your office well cooled and prevent electrical equipment such as PCs, monitors and printers from overheating and breaking.

Isn’t it time you got a new A/C system installed?
Whether or not you have air conditioning installed at your office, speak to our team about our air conditioning maintenance and installation services. A good A/C system will work wonders at your office and in these hotter and humid weeks ahead, your staff will thank you for it!

#HVAC  #AirConditioning #Maintenance  #Office  

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If you run a business, especially where food is prepared and sold, persistent pests can be a massive problem and danger to health for your staff and customers. Even within the cleanest and most regularly maintained environments, pests can still get in as they are attracted to the warm, cosy environment and in many cases, abundance of foods to consume.

Reputations in the food industry depend on good quality hygiene, especially with the UK’s current “Scores on the Doors” official food hygiene rating scheme which assesses the overall hygiene of the premises that a customer consuming food is present in. There’s no place to hide, so ensuring you keep your place free of pests and as clean as possible is paramount to continued business success and your reputation.

But good pest control does not only apply to restaurants and places serving food. Pest infestations are a regular problem within offices that suffer from a lack of cleanliness and maintenance. One of the most neglected parts of any office space is the kitchen area where staff will continually congregate to make drinks, eat snacks and store foods in cupboards and refrigerators which get neglected and start to decay, creating odours that attract pests. It’s common knowledge that seldom does any single team member want to take responsibility for regularly cleaning the kitchen or refrigerator, especially if a professional cleaning team is not in place. So it’s a regular problem to find pests moving in once the hygiene starts to take a backseat.

Don’t do it yourself!
Many businesses try to deal with the pest issues themselves but seldom does this have any effect. The fact is, pests can be harmful to your health and this should always be taken seriously.

Rats and mice leave faeces which are responsible for the transmission of many diseases. When present, their feeding habits are destructive and their nesting behaviours can cause damage to walls, flooring and furnishings. The general rule is that if you have spotted just a single rodent, chances are you actually have a much larger infestation present. And where rats and mice live, they also tend to die so it may be a case that where they have nested down into a small space out of site, some may have died which leads to rotting odours which attract other pests. The problem can get out of hand quickly.

This is why you should only hire a professional team who will have the know how, equipment and appropriate methods to deal with the problem. Over-the-counter poisons simply won’t do the job!

Not all infestations are the same!
A pest control professional will evaluate your specific situation such as to the level of infestation and the size of your premises to make an informed judgement. The will come up with a plan to keep bugs and pests at bay and investigate how and where they are entering your premises and put a stop to it.

They’ll also investigate their habits such as where they are nesting, where they are moving around and what has attracted them to your property.

Spend now, save later
Most people tend to believe that professional pest control is an expense not worth investing in and try to deal with the issue using cheaper, off-the-shelf options. This however, will cost you more in the long run.

The fact is, if your infestation gets serious, it could mean shutting down your business if you prepare food and or have a situation where staff are getting sick. Neither of these scenarios are worth contemplating when a professional can take care of the problem swiftly and decisively. Avoid a potential nightmare by having the pests removed completely at source.

The right tools for the job
The fact is, most pest control chemicals are toxic and should not be handled unless you know what you are doing. A professional pest control expert will know exactly which chemicals to use to deal with the pests you have, and apply them in a safer and controlled way.

Shop purchased sprays can be over used and leave toxic residues on surfaces that can be harmful to you as well as the pests you are experiencing and you could end up making yourself or others sick through mishandling and misuse of these products. And even if you do manage to kill off the pests causing your woes, some pests can be dangerous and require special handling and disposal – that’s if you can find them!

So whether your pests are rodents, birds, termites, insects, wasps, bees or bugs, best call in the guys who know how to deal with it the right way.

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You may have heard of the latest craze in utilising and maximising office desk space – it’s called hot-desking and many organisations have adopted this craze as well as numerous commercial rented offices offering low-cost flexible workspaces. They’re cropping up all over the country and worldwide

In an effort to reduce costs and maximise the use of space, more and more businesses are using this latest fad as a way to allow staff to use a flexible desking set-up, thus eliminating one’s old fashioned permanent place in the office using the same desk day in, day out. Gone are the days when your boss shows you to your seat and tells you “this is your desk”. Now any desk can be yours to use along with several other colleagues. But is this a good thing?

From the business owners perspective, its great. It maximises the usage of each workstation to the fullest and means that no resource is ever wasted when people are away from their desks. Anyone can hop on and get on with their work. It’s an efficiency breakthrough. But what about the consequences to staff and co-workers?

Is this a potential health epidemic in waiting?
A recent study by The British Association of Social Workers has suggested that hot-desking is a contributing factor to poor working conditions, with this new concept adding to stress levels and fatigue amongst a wide range of employees. Most cited excess noise, a lack of quiet space, vermin infestations, extreme temperatures, poor lighting and sketchy IT systems as having a negative impact on their ability to do their job.

But more importantly, with numerous people using the same equipment such as chairs, desks, phones, keyboards and computers, that the spread of germs and bacteria is a real concern to the health of those frequently chopping and changing workspaces.

Hot-desks can realistically be used by dozens of people in the space of a week without any regular cleaning or disinfecting, leading to a major build up of germs, bacteria and the spread of infections.

Where in the past an employee would have the same desk for themselves, thus minimising the spread of infections amongst colleagues, this new concept allows multiple users of a single desk. With office environments being notoriously poor for cleanliness, this is a ticking health time-bomb!

Time to clean up your act!
If you’re employed by a company that expects you to hot-desk at regular intervals, you need to wise up. Getting yourself a small yet essential hot-desking survival kit to clean and sanitise every workspace before use is essential to staying on top of the spread of germs and other unhealthy nasties.

Always carry with you a hot-desking survival kit of items such as hand sanitiser, cleaning wipes, paper towels and even a can of compressed air to rid keyboards of the build up of dust, crumbs and dead skin particles – all contributing factors to infections, disease and allergic reactions.

Want happy, healthy staff? Get the cleaners in!
If you run a business that has adopted the hot-desking phenomena, time to get the professionals in! Traditional office environments where staff members use the same desk day-to-day are unhealthy enough. Hotdesking spaces are even worse. A daily deep clean is vital to ensure your employees are working in an environment that is safe and has a high degree of cleanliness.

Staff sickness costs business millions of pounds every year. So if you thought that adopting the hot-desk craze was going to solve all of your cost and space problems, think again. It can easily create another if you overlook these obvious hazardous health factors.

#hotdesking   #officecleaning   #commercialcleaners  
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