Bidvest launches new fire extinguisher rental service
Category Whats New
14 Jul 2015
With fire damage costing the South African economy R3.1 billion annually, Bidvest Steiner has launched a maintenance and compliance service aimed at hand-held fire equipment.
Lourens says Bidvest Steiner will supply free new equipment, as well as appropriate signage and assist with the evacuation plan.
This is according to Morne Lourens from Bidvest Steiner, who says monthly inspections coupled with annual servicing will enable organisations to rest assured that all legislative and insurance requirements have been complied with.
Government has put extensive legislation in place to help mitigate the risks posed by fire. Few business leaders realise that all buildings are required to have fire extinguishers, in addition to any automatic sprinklers or other fixed equipment that may also exist.
Lourens says applicable legislation includes the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the National Building Act. Specifications are laid down by the South African Bureau of Standards, and enforced by the South African Qualifications and Standards Committee.
“Fire extinguishers are easy to forget about, but when you need them, they have to work; that’s why the legal requirements are so stringent,” he says.
“Our new service leverages the fact that we already have teams on site monthly servicing hygiene equipment all over the country, a great opportunity to add value to our clients by helping them to comply with the law, as well as prevent unnecessary loss of life or property in the event of a fire. This service will also facilitate the payment of insurance claims.”
Bidvest Steiner will supply free new equipment, as well as appropriate signage and assist with the evacuation plan, he says.
If clients already have equipment, it will assess its state and, if appropriate, buy it from the client. Faulty equipment is replaced at no additional cost, and the necessary compliance documentation is supplied and updated regularly for the duration of the contract.
Lourens says they also give risk managers access to an online portal to personally manage and check the company’s fire equipment compliance, which is a significant reduction of time and effort for a large organisation.
“In addition, servicing is scheduled and followed up via Bidvest Steiner’s scheduling capability.”
Author: Morne Lourens from Bidvest Steiner,