Industry bodies' collaboration sees catering equipment standard confirmed
16 January 2017
Collusion between the Catering Equipment Suppliers' Association (CESA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has resulted in establishing industry-recognised maintenance schedules for the catering sector.
These have now been incorporated into the BESA's recently-updated and long-established planned maintenance tool SFG20.
The new standards are designed to assist catering managers extend equipment operating life, reduce running costs and assist in complying with relevant legislation.
An additional benefit of the standards are the provision of a benchmark from which FMs can verify the competence of their service providers.
CESA director Keith Warren said his organisation eagerly accepted the offer to work with the BESA.
"The lack of agreed quality standards created serious confusion for catering managers and meant vital maintenance tasks were simply neglected," he said.
Provision of independently-verified parameters means the industry now has a "level playing field so that it can measure both the quality and the cost of the maintenance they receive", said Mr Warren.
The standards have also further extended the reach of the BESA's SFG20, which is now a dynamic online software programme covering maintenance of all the main types of equipment found in buildings.
BESA head of business development Wayne Terry said the tool is continuing more uptake, particularly in the public sector.
"We are delighted that the catering industry wanted to work with us to develop something specifically tailored for their needs and, by collaborating with CESA, we have been able to produce a set of schedules that should cover almost every eventuality for catering equipment users," said Mr Terry.