The health and safety of children, parents, and visitors is often the number one priority for childcare centres. Keeping your childcare centre clean and hygienic can be difficult, with shared items and surfaces being frequently touched by germy hands and exposed to runny noses, coughs, and even gastro!
Why leave it to the specialists?
To ensure optimum hygiene standards are maintained and government guidelines are met, childcare centres require extra attention to detail when it comes to cleaning toys, desks, bathrooms, eating spaces and playrooms.
While some childcare centres have their own cleaning requirements to safeguard sanitation, it is vital to ensure infection control, outbreak cleaning and even professional air conditioner maintenance, to eliminate microbial dangers, are frequently carried out. While most commercial cleaners can carry out general cleaning practices, they are unlikely to have the expertise, resources, and equipment to provide your childcare centre with full support when it comes to hygiene safety.
How safe and sustainable are your current practices?
Maintaining a germ-free environment is possible without the use of toxic chemical sprays and perfumed antibacterial wipes. Chemicals often found in detergents, soaps and sanitisers can lead to allergies and even asthma in children exposed to the agent.
At CMBM, we use the highest quality and safest cleaning solutions for your premises. We use the leading Nanocyn Disinfectant, a hospital-grade non-toxic solution that is TGA approved to kill not just COVID-19, but also Gastro, Strep Throat, the common cold, and more.
Nanocyn is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and made from 100% natural ingredients, making it ideal for childcare centres.
How presentable is your facility?
Another important factor to consider is the overall appearance of your childcare centre. Give parents peace of mind and foster positive word of mouth with a sparkling interior and exterior. We provide childcare centres with the complete package, including pressure cleaning, maintenance, building works, and carpark cleaning.
A clean, hygienic, and well-presented childcare centre will give parents and visitors peace of mind when it comes to who is looking after their little ones.
To ensure your facility is kept to the highest level of cleanliness, hygiene and safety, leave it to the childcare cleaning specialists at CMBM. Give us a call on 1800 26 26 37 to book a free quote!
With an estimated 54 million air conditioning and refrigeration units in Australia*, and most of us spending around 90% of our time indoors, having your air conditioning unit professionally serviced is a must.
Professional cleaning and maintenance of your unit not only maximises efficiency and performance, it ensures the air pumping out is clean and free from harmful bacteria.
Here are 5 reasons why you should have your unit maintained by a specialist:
1. Microbial growths can develop in unmaintained units, causing respiratory issues
Without proper scheduled cleaning, your air conditioner is the perfect breeding ground for mould, fungi, and bacteria to thrive. These particles are dispersed into the air when the unit is turned on, exposing you to respiratory infections and potentially triggering asthma attacks.
Mould biotoxin illness is a respiratory issue caused by prolonged exposure to mould, and if left untreated, can result in Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).
2. Undetected issues can result in costly repairs
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your air conditioning unit and reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs later on.
Our specialists will check the refrigerant gas levels, test the thermostat, and ensure the internal components, such as coils, fins, and drainage, are in good condition. We will also be able to inspect the unit to identify issues you may encounter in future and recommend proactive repair options before the damage gets worse.
3. You may accidentally damage the unit
While there are basic things you can do to clean the unit yourself, such as regularly wiping over the unit and cleaning the mesh filters, a specialist will have the correct equipment and knowledge to service your unit more intensely, effectively, and efficiently.
4. Reduce foul odours
Have you ever noticed a bad smell in the room, but were unable to find the source? It could very well be coming from your air conditioning unit.
Often your specialist will be able to determine the cause of the problem by the smell coming from the unit. If it smells like dirty feet, it is most likely caused by water clogging. If it smells like exhaust fumes, it could be leakage of excess fluid.
5. Lower electricity bills
Pollutants and toxins will inevitably build up in your air conditioning unit over time, restricting airflow and forcing the unit to work harder to reach and maintain the set temperature. The extra energy required can drive up your electricity bill.
Investing in regular servicing and maintenance can help you save on energy costs while also improving performance.
CMBM Facility Services provide professional air conditioner servicing for your premises. Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary quote today.
*Source: Cold Hard Facts 3 Report
It may seem tempting to give your home a quick spray down before your guests arrive, but did you know that DIY pressure washing can often do more harm than good?
From risk of injury to accidentally damaging your home, here are five reasons why it is best to leave house washing to the professionals.
1. You need the correct equipment
Depending on the type of dirt and build-up on your home, you may use different chemicals and concentrations to clean the exterior effectively and efficiently. While CMBM prefer to use hot water to break down any contamination, we also use only environmentally and paint friendly Australian Made products for surfaces with requiring a stronger solution.
2. You may injure yourself
Pressure cleaning involves climbing ladders, walking on slippery surfaces, and using pressurised equipment.
Getting to those hard-to-reach spots can be dangerous, especially if you are wanting to remove tough build-up such as dust, insects, and cobwebs.
Pressure cleaning specialists have the correct safety equipment and processes in place to minimise risk of injuries. CMBM are ISO Certified in Safety Management, meaning our staff are trained to Work Safely at Heights (RIIWHS204D Certification)
3. The money you save may not be worth the time you spend
While pressure washers can be bought relatively cheaply at hardware stores, they operate at a much lower frequency than commercial grade equipment. This means it is likely to take you a lot longer than a professional to clean your home. Consider if the money you save by purchasing a home pressure washer is worth your time and health risk.
4. You could cause damage to your home
Incorrect levels of pressure results in oxidation streaks on your external walls. Similarly, using the inaccurate pressure or wrong chemicals can result in damaging paint and tiles, and damaging fly screens.
Damage caused by inexperienced pressure washing can end up costing more than the money saved by doing the work yourself.
Please consider the risks of damaging your home before you take on the task yourself.
5. You may not have the correct experience
From using the correct PSI, to preventing water damage, and washing at the appropriate angle and distance, pressure washing specialists have extensive skills that can only be obtained through years of experience.
When it comes to minimising risk of injury and damage, we recommend hiring a professional to pressure clean your home.
CMBM’s pressure cleaning specialists are experienced in washing homes, roofs, driveways, buildings, and more. For a brilliantly clean exterior, contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at email@example.com.
1. Correct industry experience
Experience and commitment to quality is a must for commercial cleaning. Newer cleaning businesses are often unable to meet the same high standard of service quality and delivery as more established commercial cleaners, as they do not have the ability to provide the necessary resources, operational procedures, and staff training.
CMBM have been providing quality commercial cleaning to Queensland businesses for over 15 years, and were named Outstanding Cleaning Company at the BSCAA 2019 Excellence Awards.
2. Comprehensive services
There is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to commercial cleaning for your building. Each premises is unique: a busy office tower may require a cleaning crew each night as well as fortnightly abseil window washing, compared to a childcare centre, where frequent sanitisation misting and responsive maintenance repairs are essential. Likewise, a shopping centre or car dealership may require a mix of commercial cleaning, carpark sweeping, graffiti removal, and line marking.
Your commercial cleaning provider should be able to deliver your core cleaning requirements, whilst having the flexibility to meet more specific needs too.
3. Compliance with industry standards
A quality commercial cleaner will outline the cleaning protocol for your premises and what you can expect from them. They will also have strict processes around Workplace Health and Safety compliance.
A good indication that your provider is compliant with industry standards is if they hold an ISO Certification. CMBM are ISO Certified in Quality Management, Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, and Environmental Management Systems, meaning we have stringent, industry standard processes embedded in our operations to ensure service excellence.
4. Reliability and emergency contact
Has your cleaner provided you with the details of who to call when there is an issue? Unplanned incidents such as l spills, sprinkler malfunctions, and storm damage can be difficult to manage without a reliable point of contact with your cleaning provider.
CMBM provides clients with a dedicated Client Services Manager (CSM) as your main point of contact, as well as access to our 24/7 Helpdesk, for peace of mind in emergencies. In the event your call is missed, we guarantee a 30-minute call back so you know when you can expect a response.
Innovative technologies, such as client portals, provide transparency and clear lines of communication between you and your commercial cleaner.
CMBM use a Quality Management System (QMS) that is customised to your site’s requirements, so you can access job management, view reports, and schedule work at any time, giving you peace of mind that your cleaning is being completed to your requirements at all times.
CMBM ensure your premises is always cleaned to the highest of standards. Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can work with you.
Check out 5 ways to reduce your roof repair costs:
1. Annual roof inspections
Annual roof inspections can help you save on significant repair and maintenance costs by addressing issues earlier, often even before damage becomes visible to the untrained eye.
A good roof inspector will be able to detect weak areas, potential hazards, and estimate the roof’s lifespan. They can also provide a formal report for auditing purposes. When CMBM carry out roof inspections, the team also complete minor repairs. This is an efficient want to minimise separate visits and services performed, saving you time and money.
2. Have your roof and gutter regularly cleaned
In addition to maintaining the aesthetics and value of your building, having the roof and gutters regularly cleaned prevents buildup of dirt and debris, and reduces weathering. Uncleared gutters can also cause blockages or pools of water to form, leading to water damage and early roof and gutter deterioration.
Reflective membranes on roofs should also be cleaned regularly, as dirty membranes reduce heat reflection whilst increasing heat absorption, leading to faster aging.
3. Inspect the roof after storms
It is crucial to have your roof inspected immediately following a severe weather event, such as a hailstorm or heavy rain, to ensure there is no leakage or other damage. Even a small leak can result in severe damage, including mould growth, plaster issues, or major structural defects.
4. Be proactive with preventative maintenance
For a cost-effective way to maximise the lifespan of your roof, take a proactive approach to preventive maintenance. Investing in annual roof inspections allows for earlier detection and repair of roof damage. Early preventative maintenance will also lessen the impact of unpredictable weather conditions, especially during storm season.
5. Consider sustainable roof options
Consider the cost benefits of switching to an environmentally friendly roofing option, such as terracotta tile. It is also worth having the proper coating and sealant to protect your roof from the extreme Queensland weather. If you are unsure about which type of roof might be best for your building, contact our expert building team today.
Need a hand with roofing repairs or inspections?
CMBM can manage your preventative and reactive roofing works, including emergency storm damage, providing you with long-term cost savings.
Contact CMBM Facility Services on 1800 26 26 37 or at email@example.com for a complimentary quote today.
Rather than simply de-cluttering your premises, why not complete repair jobs and freshen up your entire building. We have compiled our top spring-cleaning tips for building owners and facilities managers as we welcome Spring.
1. Make it sparkle
Over Winter, wood and cement exteriors are susceptible to deterioration around main entrances, and areas with heavy foot traffic. It may be time to book a high pressure clean to remove dirt build-up, animal droppings, cobwebs, and weathering. An effective solution that can significantly enhance the exterior, making it look as good as new, is pressure washing.
CMBM’s pressure washing team keep your premises clean with external building, roofing and outside area cleaning solutions.
2. Keep it inviting
Now is the perfect time to get your commercial cleaning on track! With the unprecedented challenges and disruptions due to COVID-19, many businesses who closed onsite operations earlier in the year may have forgotten to rebook their cleaning & maintenance services. Ensure your premises is looking its best with regular cleaning!
3. Have every surface covered
When was the last time you did a walkthrough of your premises? Did you identify any hazards like slippery flooring? A cost efficient solution is GripGuard, a non-slip floor treatment designed to increase your floor’s slip resistance without altering the appearance.
CMBM are fully licensed GripGuard applicators, helping you to minimise slip incidents, keep your customers safe and prevent WHS liabilities.
4. Remove the damage of winter
Carpets are a breeding ground for dirt, mites, and mould thus requiring deep cleaning on an annual basis.
A commercial-grade steam clean with professional cleaning agents will effectively lift and remove any damaging bacteria. This keeps your staff clear from ingesting harmful allergens, alongside a wealth of other benefits. Get in touch for more information on CMBM’s commercial carpet cleaning and floor treatments.
5. Green it up
While winter takes the heaviest toll on your landscaping, Spring is the time for revitalisation.
Commercial landscaping and grounds maintenance are pivotal to establishing professionalism in an outdoor setting. CMBM look after all your outdoor landscape management needs including hardscaping, tree trimming, lawn maintenance, gardening, fertilizing, and edging.
Improve safety compliance and the value of your building this Spring! Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can assist.
Whether you are the landlord, tenant or owner-occupier, refresh your home with these home repair and maintenance tips.
1. Holes in Walls
Photo frame hooks, screws, and other wall attachments can leave behind ugly holes in your walls. These can be easily filled in with a wall filler which can be purchased at hardware stores.
For smaller holes, apply filler directly into the hole and smear over with a putty knife. Holes larger than 1cm should be covered with a wall repair patch first. Once the filler is dry, sand down the edges so that it blends completely into the wall. Look out for the various colours of filler available to blend in with your existing wall colour.
2. Scuff Marks
Scuff marks on the walls can make your apartment appear dirtier than it is. While an all-purpose household cleaner can remove some scuffs, stubborn marks can be covered with touch-up paint.
Hardware stores can mix the matching colour if you are able to provide a paint chip from your wall. Dilute the paint with a paint reducer first to slow down drying time – this helps the newer paint blend in better with the surrounding area. Latex paint should be diluted with water.
3. Carpet Stains
Stains on your carpet make your home appear unclean. The best way to remove a stain is to tackle it with a carpet stain remover before it sets in.
For heavily stained carpets, professional carpet steaming is the way to go. Not only does it remove stains, professional carpet steaming also penetrates deep into the fibres to lift out dirt and pollutants, extending the life of your carpet and creating a healthier environment.
It is generally recommended that carpets be professionally steamed once a year. Apartments with children and pets, allergy suffers, and smokers should have the carpets professionally steamed more frequently.
4. Wall Indents
Dings and indents can make your wall appear uneven. Indented or rough patches on the wall can be smoothed by lightly sanding over the area with fine-grit sandpaper.
Run your hand over the area every couple of sands to ensure you do not accidentally over-sand the area. Repeat this process until the area is smooth.
5. Hardwood Scratches
While hardwood floors are much easier to clean than carpet, they can also be much more easily scratched. For shallow scrapes, use a stain pen along the scratch until it begins to blend into the surrounding hardwood.
For deeper scratches, fill the scrape in with a wood filler first before using a stain pen.
Need a hand with repairs? Our building repair team can help!
Contact CMBM Facility Services on 1800 26 26 37 or at email@example.com for a complimentary quote today.
Finding the right flooring for your commercial business can be a tough choice with the range of floor surfaces available today.
Consider these 5 points:
- Suitability for your type of business
- Cleaning & maintenance specifications and cost
A careful, informed decision now can save you in repair, maintenance and replacement costs in the future.
Read on to find out the key considerations when choosing your type of flooring.
As a cheaper flooring solution, laminate can be printed to mimic the style, design, colour and even texture of more expensive floor types. This makes it one of the most versatile flooring solutions available. Make sure you check the AC rating of the laminate, which indicates its durability level and how much foot traffic it can handle.
- Highly customisable
- Easy to install, clean and maintain
- Poor acoustic profile, making it unsuitable for large spaces, including conference halls or locations where attendees can experience listener fatigue
- Prone to water damage
- Cannot be refinished (repaired) – any damage will need to be removed and the section replaced
- Can lower resale value of your premises
With the great variety in colours and shapes, and readily available non-slip options, tiles can be an efficient and cost-effective way to customise your flooring and also a good choice where the safety of patrons is of paramount concern.
- Easy and cheap to maintain
- Cracks are easy to replace
- Water-resistant options
- Cost effective non-slip options readily available
- Easy to clean
- High durability
- Doesn’t absorb heat, making it cold in cooler months
- Heavy, making it a potentially poor choice for upper-level installations
A popular choice in floor covering, commercial carpets fall into two main categories: modular carpet tiles and broadloom carpet (wall-to-wall carpet).
While the former can be more costly, they generally have a cushion backing, making it more suited to long periods of standing than broadloom carpet.
With the correct cleaning and vacuuming methods used, a high-quality carpet can retain its appearance well over time, even with high foot traffic.
- Good noise absorption
- Good longevity
- Waterproof options available
- Comfortable for long periods of standing
- Easy to install and replace
- Prone to staining, which can be costly to remove for broadloom carpet
- Poor durability for low-quality carpet
- Doesn’t reflect light well, which can darken the space
Concrete has become a modern and sophisticated floor surface for offices and workspaces in recent years. When choosing concrete flooring, it is important to consider the suitability of the surface for your business and employees, particularly if they will be standing all day.
- Tough and resilient – able to handle extensive weight and pressure from heavy equipment
- Easy to clean
- Hard to damage (water and stain proof)
- Cost effective non-slip options readily available
- Reflects light well, effectively making the space brighter
- Doesn’t trap heat, keeping the area cool in hot weather
- Not recommended for all-day standing, which may lead to WH&S issues down the track
- Unforgiving when it comes to accidents
- Prone to water damage if the surface has not been sealed properly
- Poor noise reduction – unlike carpet, concrete does not absorb noise
- Doesn’t absorb heat, making it cold in colder weather
When selecting the type of floor for your premises, it is important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each surface.
A lot of owners get stuck in ‘refurbishment limbo’, where they know an upgrade is necessary but delay the project to avoid having to close operations and risk losing clientele. These concerns can be mitigated with professionally managed planning, as seen with Waterloo Bay Hotel’s refurbishment in Wynnum.
Strategic renovations can save you money in the long run by preventing further damage, increasing energy efficiencies and attracting new clientele.
Here are five signs that it may be time to refurbish your venue:
Your flooring is a good indicator of your venue’s condition. Chipped and cracked tiles, worn out carpets and scratched or water damaged wooden floors are a tell-tale sign that you’re due for a refurbishment.
Not only do damaged floors become more severe over time and devalue your club, they can also be a dangerous trip hazard for your patrons. When upgrading your floors, it is worth having a quality non-slip treatment applied at the same time.
Take notice of the condition of your fixtures. Dirty and smelly seating, wobbly tables and a filthy bar can be a turn off for your customers…and word can spread quickly.
Unfortunately, customers who have had a bad experience are more likely to express this than those who have had a positive experience. Negative online reviews and feedback pertaining to the condition of your venue is a sign that it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Air-conditioning and refrigeration are the two biggest sources of energy usage in clubs. Outdated units tend to work overtime to compensate. Upgrading your energy systems can reduce your electricity bill and keep your patrons comfortable and cool at the same time.
Consider if the layout and function of your venue is still optimal, for example does the position of the bar limit entrance space or prevent access to another area during busy periods, is there enough seating and adequate lighting, and are the amenities and emergency exits well signed?
If you are familiar with these issues or are considering refurbishment options for your venue, talk to our professional building team today on 1800 26 26 37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a building owner, manager or body corporate, there are numerous compliance regulations that fall under your responsibility when it comes to the safety of your residents, contractors and employees.
In most cases, heavy penalties will apply if there is a serious injury or death on your property due to your building failing to meet compliance regulations.
Here are 5 compliance documents you should be aware of –
1. Fire and Evacuation Plan
All buildings require a formal Fire and Evacuation Plan developed under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. The plan must always be kept onsite, and your wardens and evacuation team must be familiar with the process should a fire arise.
Additionally, your fire and evacuation signs must be displayed prominently in all common areas and short-term letting units. They must also be reviewed every five years or after any major change to the building.
2. Occupiers Statement
An Occupiers Statement confirms that your building’s prescribed fire safety installations have been maintained in accordance with the relevant maintenance standards.
The Statement must be signed by a representative of the body corporate, such as an occupier or committee member, and a copy sent annually to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Copies must also be kept both onsite and offsite.
Other fire records need to be kept onsite and offsite, and readily available for QFES inspection, include:
- Training records
- Evacuation practice record
- Records of maintenance of all fire assets
- Certificate of classification
3. Asbestos Register
If your building was constructed on or prior to 31 December 1989, you may be required to maintain an asbestos register. The register should clearly indicate the location of the asbestos and detail your Asbestos Management Plan. You can find out more about obtaining an asbestos register here.
4. WH&S Compliance Plan
The ABMA Building Management Code (Australian Building Management Accreditation) states that the Body Corporate WHS Plan must be reviewed at least annually to ensure compliance. The review must include a reflection upon the adequacy and relevance of the WHS Plan throughout the past year.
The Plan must be reviewed and adequately updated if a Notifiable Incident occurs during the year, such as a serious slip or fall injury, or there is any “change to the workplace”. The latter may consist of:
- Alterations to common property
- Change of Committee or Nominated Representative of the Committee
- Change of building manager
- Any adverse event occurring on the common property (e.g. flood, storm, machinery breakdown, security breach).
Ensure your WH&S compliance is covered for slip and fall injuries with our non-slip surfacing treatments.
5. Certificates of Compliance
Under certain State and Council requirements, as well as Schedule 5 (Part 2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, you need to have the following certifications for your building:
- Lifts, escalators and moving walkways
- Stairwell pressurisation
- Certain boilers and pressure vessel components (find out more)
- Residential current devices
- Backflow prevention devices
There are several things you can check to ensure you are maximising your pub’s energy efficiencies and reducing your long-term electricity and maintenance costs. For example, changing your lighting to energy efficient light-bulbs, and installing sensory lighting and sensor-controlled bathroom faucets to reduce energy wastage.
The two biggest sources of energy wastage in venues are typically air-conditioning and refrigeration. Follow our tips to maximise your venue’s energy efficiencies.
What you can do to make your air-conditioning energy efficient:
- Check that your venue is properly insulated to keep cool air in. A well-insulated area means your air-conditioning doesn’t need to work as hard. If you are not sure if your building’s insulation is up to standard, contact us to book a Site Audit.
- Invest in automatic doors to ensure you are minimising the amount of hot outside air let in. If doors are left open, your air-conditioner will need to work harder to cool down the venue.
- Have separate air-conditioning zones for your bar, lounge, function room and other areas so that you can control each section independently. Switch off air-conditioning for areas that are closed.
- Keep thermostats away from areas with extreme temperatures, such as direct sunlight or ovens and refrigerators. The thermostat will read that the area is too hot and will put the air-conditioner in overdrive to attempt to cool down.
Electricity used for keeping beverages cool in an average pub accounts for roughly 10% of the total energy cost. How you can keep your pub energy efficient:
- Make sure your refrigeration unit uses natural refrigerants (the fluids used as the heat carrier), as they are generally more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than synthetic refrigerants.
- Ensure heat-producing equipment is placed outside the unit in a well-ventilated area. These include line coolers, cooling cabinets and ice makers.
- Get your heating pipes, refrigerator doors and hatches insulated and draught-stripped to prevent the cellar from heating up. If you need to get your equipment insulated, please contact us.
- Ensure your access doors are self-closing and are immediately shut following deliveries.
- Check your door seals are in good condition. Moisture within the unit can affect efficiency levels.
- Keep your refrigeration unit in a well-ventilated area and ensure the coils are clean and well-maintained. Coils covered in dust or grime can overheat and impend on proper circulation.
Non-slip flooring is a worthwhile investment for any business wanting to keep their customers and employees safe whilst reducing maintenance costs, liabilities and avoiding disruption to business operations.
According to Safe Work Australia, 23%1 of all serious workplace injury claims within the last 12 years (between 2003 – 15) were ‘fall, trips and slips’ incidents, with 56% of these injuries being caused by environmental factors, such as slippery surfaces following rainfall.
Between 2012-13 there were 6,6402 reported cases of slip incidents, with the average cost of a serious claim coming to $104,370. This makes fall, trips and slips the second highest injury claim in Australia.
CMBM are installers of GripGuard, the leading non-slip flooring solutions for businesses and residential properties around Queensland.
Benefits of Non-slip surfacing
1. No Disruption to Business
Treatment can be carried out during business hours, with the surface being safe to walk on immediately after completion.
2. No Change to Surface
GripGuard microscopically modifies the floor surface, meaning there is no visible change to the floor surface whilst grip is dramatically increased for shoes and pneumatic and solid wheel tyres.
Non-slip flooring saves you money as it reduces maintenance costs and mitigates potential slip or fall injuries for your employees and customers.
4. GripGuard is durable
GripGuard permanently modifies the floor surface rather than coating it, meaning it will not wear off or require special maintenance. The treatment is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy traffic flow.
5. WH&S Compliance
Your duty of care to your employees and customers includes managing health and safety risks associated with slips, trips and falls by eliminating or minimising the risk ‘so far as reasonably practicable.’ Non-slip flooring provides peace of mind that you have fulfilled your responsibilies.
If you are unsure if you require non-slip coatings, please contact us for a complimentary Indication Slip-Test or quote for your business.
Whether you work in a commercial or industrial business site, an aged care facility, or childcare centre, there are precautions you can take to minimise the risk of fire breaking out and spreading across your site.
In dry, scorching summer heat, fires can start abruptly and cause significant and devastating damage to your property. It is worth taking the time to ensure your business is adequately prepared for fire season.
Minimising fire risk
The biggest risk of fire outbreak is dry overgrown grass and bush. Once ignited, dry grass is a super fuel for fast spreading fire which can quickly engulf its surrounds, as we are seeing occur drastically in New South Wales and Queensland at present.
The best way to minimise fire risk to your property is to ensure:
- No excessive dry or dead vegetation is on your property
- Your flammable or burnable material is stored properly
- Your building maintenance is up to date
Your action list should include:
- Trimming low-lying branches (under 2m in height)
- Keeping grass regularly cut (no long grass)
- Removing excess combustible materials, such as dry grass and dead leaves, undergrowth and branches
- Ensuring damaged roofing is repaired and gaps are sealed
- Keeping your gutters free of leaves and build-up
- Moving flammable items, such as wood piles, boxes, crates and garden furniture well away from your building
If you require assistance with your building maintenance and outdoor environment we can help.
Contact us to book a garden clean-up.
Getting a Professional Assessment
In addition to ensuring your garden and building is maintained properly, it is worth having a Fire Audit conducted to identify other hazards you may not have been aware of.
Fire Audits are generally provided as part of an overall Site Audit and cover internal and external hazards on your property. They are conducted by qualified building inspectors who know what to look for.
Contact us to book a Site Audit.
Creating an Emergency Management Plan
In the case of a fire, or other disasters that can occur, it is important to have an up to date Emergency Management Plan that your employees, residents and visitors are familiar with and can easily access.
Your plan should consider:
- Local emergency planning, including who the emergency contact is & meeting points
- Immediate communication strategy to family members and related service providers
- Post-event communication strategy to clients and stakeholders
Avoid fire hazards on your property. Contact us today at email@example.com or on 1800 26 26 37 to book a Site Garden Clean-Up and/or Site Audit.
Queensland has some of the most severe weather in Australia, being prone to heavy thunderstorms, flashing flooding, hail and damaging winds.
Storm season can cause significant short- and long-term damage to your business, so it is worth taking the time to think about what steps you should take to minimise risk of damage to your business.
With summer approaching, now is a great time to ensure your business has checked off the following items for storm preparation.
Getting your workplace storm-ready
Check for storm hazards or existing issues that may trigger excess damage.
External Storm Preparation
- Trim trees and branches close to your building, including near windows or the roof
- Clear gutters, downpipes and drains to avoid blockages, overflow and foundation damage
- Make sure any shades, sails and awnings are properly fitted and secured in place
- Secure loose items such as table, chairs or outdoor pull-up banners
- Ensure your roof is professionally checked for damage or corrosion
- Make sure any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber is repaired or replaced
Internal Storm Preparation
- Ensure that your inventory, equipment, furniture and fittings can be raised or removed quickly and easily
- Keep your computer equipment and other electronics off the floor
- Know how and where to turn off your office’s power, gas and water supply
- Back up your critical data on a portable storage device and ensure it is kept in a secure location off the premises
Ensure your paperwork is in order
It is essential to make sure your insurances are up to date and that you fully understand what you are and are not covered for. You should also be aware of what you can and cannot do prior to making a claim. For example, most policies specify that you must not attempt to clean-up, remove debris or repair items without the insurer’s permission.
It is a good idea to contact your insurance company to check if there are any specific requirements that need to be met should you need to claim damages. In some cases, you may need to prove the site has been regularly maintained prior to suffering storm damage. This can be done with maintenance records and detailed maintenance plans.
If your business is in a storm or cyclone-prone area, you may want to get a professional builder to assess the structural integrity of the building.
Preparing your staff in the event of a storm
Make sure you have an emergency storm plan in place which your staff are aware of, such as what to do during a severe storm, who the emergency contact is, who to report to, and any specific communication that needs to be sent to clients.
CMBM provides emergency storm damage response and preventative maintenance plans to assist in your storm preparation. Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a storm assessment or repairs for your business.
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Studies have shown that the average work desk has more bacteria than a toilet seat. This is probably because, so many people eat at their desks, and so few clean them. According to one survey, only slightly more than a third of respondents cleaned their work areas every week. One of the most important things workers can do to stay healthy is to clean their desk, computer keyboard and mouse at least once a week, or to hire office cleaners who will do it for you.
There are many ways that employees can keep their workspaces clean and safe. The first is to buy a good, all-around office-cleaning sanitizer and to use it often on desks and other work areas. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on desks for those times when hand washing is inconvenient.
Clean out old papers on a desk by sorting them into ‘yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ files. If the ‘maybe’ items haven’t been used in a month, employees should toss them out of their offices. Cleaning out old papers also removes a possible fire hazard and clutter. A spring clean can do a lot of good for organisations with lots of paper files, food cupboards, or stock storage areas. Again, de-clutter your storage area, throwing out files and old stock that no longer needs to be retained. This may be a good time for management to consider digitising files or re-arranging old storage systems to make them more space efficient, for example, by introducing new storage shelving and furniture.
Arrange a 5-minute roster for the staff to wash their dishes over the month. Appoint a different employee on which days to clean
Air fresheners: place them around the office for a cleaner feel and smell.
Supply your office with handy wipes for those unforeseen spills of coffee.
Supply office with anti-bacterial gels. It is well documented that offices with this solution for their staff have less sick days because it minimizes cross contamination.
More people are eating at their desks while working. Crumbs fall into keyboards, so a keyboard brush would be handy to have in a designated area.