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If faced with the aftermath of a disaster such as a fire or significant flood you will very quickly discover that your management capacity is finite. Not only are you faced with the need to secure your company’s business future you have the added problem of dealing with the physical recovery of your property and assets. Most often you simply won’t have the in-house resource to devote to all the tasks that need to be undertaken and will have to turn to outside help. For tasks such as reconstruction and premises refurbishment the sources of outside help are obvious; i.e. architects, chartered surveyors, M&E/HVAC specialists etc. however when it comes to the very specialist area of post-incident decontamination there are very few independent and impartial experts that you can turn to. You will need to be able to access expertise in the areas of incident related contamination and its impact on buildings, services and contents; on decontamination procedures and quantitative cleanliness measurement; on site-specific decontamination work including health and safety procedures etc. All of these requirements must be carried out to ensure that the decontamination works are properly undertaken. As specialist consultants Davis French and Associates provide you with an […]
Given the need to rebuild after a fire you would look to architects and chartered surveyors to draw up a scope of works (bill of quantities) that builders would be asked to quote against. The architects/surveyors would supervise the selection process and qualify their choice to you. A similar process is used by Davis French and Associates for the selection of a damage management contractor for the decontamination works. Using a detailed scope of works our consultants will help you select suitable contractors to quote for the required works; by briefing the chosen contractors and accompanying them on an inspection tour; instructing them on what level of decontamination is required; and informing them of issues/concerns raised by other involved parties that need to be taken into consideration. Once quotes are received we assist you and your insurance loss adjusters/claims specialists in assessing the competence of the contractors and their price propositions leaving you to make the final decision as to who to appoint. Davis French and Associates are well suited for the role of supplier selection adviser. All of our staff have worked in the damage management industry in very senior roles for many years and fully understand your needs […]
The spread of contamination during a fire or a flood is indiscriminate; it affects everything in its path to a greater or lesser degree. The manner in which materials are affected by contamination is a complex subject and requires a high degree of technical input across a multitude of disciplines. But who should be responsible for identifying what has been affected, to what degree and how should the affected structure/item be decontaminated? Who should liase/negotiate with all the interested but disparate parties, (builders, service engineers, maintenance staff, equipment suppliers etc.), as to what the scope of the decontamination works should be. Often you are dealing with contractors/suppliers who have no previous experience of fires/floods and do not understand the concept of decontamination. They naturally feel more comfortable with the idea of ‘rip-out and replace’. But is this the most practical and cost-effective approach to adopt? Does it minimize business interruption? In most cases the answer is no but somebody must be able to persuade sceptical contractors/suppliers otherwise. In such situations affected you need to be able to seek out independent and impartial technical help. Davis French and Associates are experts in the area of decontamination scope of works preparation. Working […]