Ensuring Safety and Compliance
In the commercial and multi-family real estate industries there are many types of equipment that building owners and managers need to maintain. From HVAC, to elevators, security and fire safety, there is always something that needs service or repair in order to maintain a property and prioritize the safety of the people within it. It can be difficult trying to build a knowledge base for all types of equipment on a building, which is why we want to provide some help in understanding facade equipment and its purpose. In this article we specifically want to highlight the importance of inspecting and maintaining facade access equipment used for window washing commercial and multi-family properties.
Exterior facade equipment plays a vital role in maintaining the functionality and aesthetics of a building. The primary usage of this equipment is for window washing, but also for something referred to as, “scheduled maintenance” . Examples of facade access equipment include pedestals, davits, anchors, swing stages, traction hoists, wire rope and more. Through various methods of rigging and set up this equipment assists window washers and other vendors safely descend and ascend the face/sides of a building.
There could be entire blog posts dedicated to the intricacies of installing all types of facade equipment and different uses of it. While it can be relevant information, it’s easy to get lost in the minutia of equipment specs and rigging techniques. Rather than delving into that world it’s more important for building owners and managers to understand the reasons for regularly inspecting facade equipment. By understanding the importance of inspections, common issues to watch out for, and best practices for maintenance, you can safeguard your building and achieve code compliance.
Who Can Inspect Facade Equipment?
In the State of California, only companies in possession of a Scaffold Inspection & Testing License (SIT for short) are allowed to inspect and certify facade equipment. SIT Licenses are only given out by CAL-OSHA and any company that holds said certification exists as a buffer between a building and CAL-OSHA. Rather than dramatically expanding the government agency CAL-OSHA created the SIT License to deputize small businesses to help enforce code on their behalf. SIT companies also can issue a letter of certification to a building that states the property’s facade equipment is code compliant and safe to use.
***It’s important to note that in the state of California only SIT companies can inspect facade equipment and issue as SIT Certification. If an inspection company does not hold that license, the certification will not be acceptable to CAL-OSHA (aka the Division) and a property’s facade equipment cannot be considered code compliant. Building owners and managers should be cautious of hiring any “Safety Inspection” vendor for their SIT Inspection. Click here if you would like to read more about Inspections and Tests as listed in CAL-OSHA code.***
Prioritizing Inspections and Safety
Understanding the importance of SIT inspections and safety for exterior building equipment is paramount for building owners and managers. By regularly inspecting equipment, addressing common issues, and following best practices for maintenance, building owners can enhance the safety of their buildings and ensure the uninterrupted functionality of equipment for their immediate needs and longevity of their equipment. Prioritizing inspections and safety not only protects the building and its occupants but also minimizes the risk of costly repairs and legal liabilities.
In conclusion, building owners need to be well-informed about inspections and safety for exterior building equipment. Regular inspections are crucial to identify potential hazards, address common issues, and ensure compliance with CAL-OSHA safety regulations and code. By adopting a regular inspection schedule and hiring an experienced SIT company, building owners can safeguard their buildings and promote a secure environment for everyone.
Remember, prioritizing inspections and safety is not only a legal requirement but also a responsibility towards the well-being of occupants and the longevity of the building. Stay proactive, stay informed, and stay safe.
If you would like to speak more about an SIT Inspection for your building, you can request a quote from FEIS or call us today