Waller Associates Have Achieved ISO9001 & ISO14001 Status

Waller Associates Have Achieved ISO9001 & ISO14001 Status

We are pleased to announce that Waller Associates have achieved ISO9001 & ISO14001 status.  ISO 9001 Certification gives an organisation the quality systems that provide a foundation to better customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continual improvement. This also puts the company into a position where we can tender for additional public sector work where ISO is mandatory. Clients will also benefit from our new status as a framework of procedures have been put into place to ensure we perform at the highest levels within all areas of the company.

Benefits to our Clients

As in any business, the client is the most important factor. ISO ensures that the customer benefits from the process. These benefits include;

  • Improved quality and service
  • Delivery on time
  • Right first time attitude
  • Fewer returned products and complaints
  • Independent audit demonstrates commitment to quality

We look forward to this new era and to providing a service that is second to none within the construction industry.

For more information on the building and glazing projects carried out by Waller Associates please click on the following link to our website https://www.wallerservices.com/

Commercial Building

Commercial building is a growth area for Waller Building. We work in the education and healthcare sectors. The retail sector is also an area of growth. This is due to many warehouse developments in the south east. We install toilet and kitchen areas.

Commercial Glazing

We also install commercial window and doors. For examples of our services, take a look at our commercial glazing case studies.

Waller Building

In the last 25 years, Waller Building has worked on many commercial projects. Our reputation is growing fast. The services provided range from refurbishment through to extensions and complete new builds. Additionally our glazing department repairs windows and glass. We also install uPVC and aluminium windows and doors. One of the major areas that we are continuing grow is window replacement in schools. Waller Associates is Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and safecontractor approved. We are also a Kent County Council approved contractor. We would also be happy to give you a price for any refurbishment works.

Contact Waller Building

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of glazing projects, please contact us. Call 01795 424435 or email mark@wallerservices.com

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Working During Covid-19 Pandemic

Working During Covid-19 Pandemic

The majority of the team are back to work here at Wallers. We are all being very careful and taking maximum precautions to help minimise the risk to clients and other members of the team. Social distancing is being enforced wherever it is practically possible to ensure we can carry on working during Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety Measures in Place

Our offices are a very different place to work in comparison to before the outbreak. Many safety measures have been implemented. Face masks have been supplied to all Waller employees to keep themselves and others safe. In the offices, large protective screens are on every desk to help protect each other and keep everyone apart. There is a hand sanitiser station at the entrance to the building. In addition to this, every desk has a large bottle of hand sanitiser which we are encouraged to use regularly.

The majority of doors and windows are being left open throughout the day to help ventilate the office and minimise any risk.

Away From the Office

As well as hand sanitiser in the office, each member of staff have a bottle for their company vehicles. Travelling to site with others in the same vehicle is being kept to an absolute minimum. This can only take place in the larger vehicles. There must be an empty seat inbetween each person which allows a safe distance. Additionally, the windows must be left open to ensure optimum ventilation. In the majority of cases staff travel to site in their own separate vehicles.

On Site

Obviously, we have to attend sites for progress visits and to attend meetings. Visits are being kept to a minimum to help reduce the chances of spreading or catching the virus. Workers are being provided with face masks and hand sanitiser for them to use at their own will. Signs are being put up to help remind everyone about the rules and guidelines that have to be followed on and off site.

Working Safely in Schools

Arriving at schools is a very strange experience at the moment. Temperatures are being taken, masks are being handed out and hand sanitiser stations are dotted around everywhere. As visitors, we have to follow the schools rules and procedures to ensure we keep the staff and students safe. Any deliveries of materials have to be dropped off and unloaded at times when children are not in the area. We have to ensure that a clear path to the working area is available.

Schools are Very Different Places at the Moment

One of the things that has made an impact on me the most is how differently schools are having to functioning at the moment. Clear, two meter markings have been applied to corridor floors and across playgrounds to help the students maintain social distancing. Desks are laid out in an exam style to make sure that there is enough space between students. Staggered lunch and break times have been put in place to reduce large groups of childrenbeing near each other. One way systems have also been put in place around schools and everyone needs to follow and abide these measures.

What I do admire is how seriously the majority of people are taking this and lengths they are prepared change their daily routine in order to minimise risk to others.

 

Hopefully, the world will be back to normal soon, but until then stay safe and follow government guidelines

Too see some of the latest projects that Waller Building and Glazing have carried out in schools please on the following link https://www.wallerservices.com/schools-education-clients/

 

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Waller's New Assistant Contracts Manager

Waller’s New Assistant Contracts Manager

Hi, I’m Sam Waller. I am Waller Associates’ new assistant contracts manager. I joined the company in the Autumn of 2019. As you can probably tell from the name, I am joining my dad and uncle into the family business that my grandparents co-founded many years ago. I feel a sense of pride in carrying on the family name whilst also bringing my own younger ideas and veiws to the table.

Joining the Team

This is the first blog I that have written for Wallers. It is slightly different than what I expected to be writing about. As I started working for the company, I found that I settled in very quickly. This was mainly because of how welcoming and friendly the whole workforce were towards me. Instantly, I felt like I was part of the team and everyone was happy to teach the Waller way. I noticed that two important factors were the general etiquette that the company promotes and the also high standards within office and site procedures.

New Skills

I have learnt new skills such as using the designing software on the computer. I have also adapted and added simple skills such as writing emails and speaking on the phone in a business manor. Unfortunately, as I was growing in confidence and getting a feel for what working life was about, life was to change for everyone at the end of March in a way that nobody expected.

Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak my learning had to come to a halt as the country was thrown into lockdown. My uncle reacted quickly to the news that was changing on what seemed like an hourly basis. He ensured that staff were placed onto the government’s furlough scheme which protected our staff and the company. This was essential, because of lockdown we couldn’t work which meant that no money was coming into the business.

What I did in Lockdown

With so many weeks off I tried to keep myself busy. I’m quite an active person so the thought of not being able to do much was a bit worrying. Luckily for me the weather was lovely and hot so I was still able to work outside in the garden. I started to do maintenance work such as removing trees, cutting grass and general clearing which kept me very busy. I had also started running at the beginning of the year so the time I was furloughed allowed me to focus on that. Running regularly inspired me to apply for the Brighton Marathon with a few others from the office. This takes place in April next year and I got in! Like Rees has mentioned in his recent blog I am looking forward to getting back on the golf course, obviously social distancing in place.

Back to Work

Company staff were phased back to work to make sure that the office set up was safe. I was one of the last to return and it’s good to be back. At first it felt strange but now it feels like I’ve never been away. Although we are back, things are very different. Safety is the main concern and the offices have changed. Steve has ensured that nobody is working within two metres of each other unless there is a protective Perspex screen separating them. There are bottles of sanitiser on every desk with signs up everywhere to remind staff to keep their distance from each other and wash their hands. Hopefully things will improve and the coronavirus will dissapear meaning that we can concentrate on growing the business and get back to a normal life.

Sam

To view the types of projects we carry out click on the following link https://www.wallerservices.com/building/education/larger-projects/

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Government COVID-19 Guidelines

Government COVID-19 Guidelines

Waller Building and Glazing has been operating since the gradual easing of lockdown was implemented. To ensure that we keep clients and staff safe we have complied with the government COVID-19 Guidelines. We have put measures into place to ensure that we are prepared for working in our offices and on site safely, reducing the risks of COVID-19. In such unprecedented times we are back working with our commercial clients including schools. For more information please click on the red  Staying COVID-19 Secure button on our homepage. Additionally our COVID-19 site operating procedures and checklist can be obtained upon request. All of our COVID-19 procedures are being updated when additional guideline are announced by the government. If you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding the measures we have put in place, please call us on 01795 424435.

To view the types of projects we carry out click on the following link https://www.wallerservices.com/building/education/larger-projects/

Waller Building and Glazing Services

In the last seven years, Waller Associates has worked in over 150 schools. Our reputation in the education sector is growing fast. The building services we provide include smaller refurbishments through to extensions and new builds. Waller Building is a Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and Safecontractor registered.  Additionally, all of our staff are DBS certified. This means that our staff are suitable to work in schools. Furthermore we would be happy to price any maintenance or refurbishment works for your school.

Building Services We Provide In Schools

We cover all the building as well as glazing services that a school would require. This includes, toilet and kitchen refurbishments. We also install fencing, flooring and carry out complete new builds. Check out our website case studies to see projects we have recently completed.

Glazing Services We Provide In Schools

We carry out works from window and hinge repairs through to complete aluminium and uPVC window and door installations.

Contact Waller Building and Glazing Services

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of building project, please contact us. Telephone – 01795 424435 Additionally email mark@wallerservices.com

Visit our twitter page to see what we are up to at the moment https://twitter.com/BuildingOnTrust

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Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus Lockdown

During the Coronavirus lockdown, I tried to keep myself as busy as possible to pass the time. Luckily my parents’ back garden needed some work doing which kept me busy for the majority of lockdown. Lugging sleepers and shoveling top soil does get boring after a while, but it kept me busy. Other than working in the garden I tried to keep myself in a physically fit state as it was very tempting to eat all the time when at home. I went on numerous runs to keep fit and healthy. It was important for me to get in shape as I had so much free time. Now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, golf has started up again which is a dream come true, numerous rounds are to come within the coming weeks for sure.

Back to Work After Lockdown

After a long winded lockdown we are finally back up and running wooohooo!!! Special measures and procedures have been put in place to help protect our clients and the staff at Wallers. The Wallers carefully planned the return to work by phasing workers back gradually. On our return, Steve could see how the measures put in place were working and add to them if necessary.

Government COVID19 Guidelines

Steve Waller was continuously updating each and every one of us so that we all knew what the plan was going to be. Hand sanitiser and Perspex screens have been installed to each desk in all of the offices to help minimalise risk and keep us safe. We are following the government’s Covid-19, 5 steps to working safely guidelines which can be seen on their website by clicking on the following link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely

Safe Company Communicate Via Social Media Group Chats

All employees are able to keep in contact and communicate with each other through the Workplace group chat. We can show everyone what we have all been doing and upload our latest site photographs.

Working on Site

Projects that could start, nearing the end of lockdown, were looked at carefully to see who could come back to work and run them. Supply chains were also essential as many of our suppliers were just starting to return too. Obviously, it is crucial that materials are available. We are still ensuring that guidelines are followed outside the office too. Social distancing is still important and we no longer travel in vans together. On site we have to make plans to ensure that workmen are not working in the same close vicinity at the same time. The return to work phase has been extremely well planned and completed at the right time. The majority of employees are now back to work and in a very safe, clean and tidy office.

We are getting back to some kind of normality after a very bizarre period which is good for the country. I hope everyone stays safe during these strange and difficult times.

Rees

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Flexible Tap Connectors - Can They Be Used?

Flexible Tap Connectors – Can They Be Used?

We were recently approached by a school to provide a price to replace all the existing flexible tap connectors fitted to the school’s sinks and wash hand basins. They requested a hard plumbed copper connection due to the possible bacteria growth within the hose connector. This request was prompted by information the school received from the local authority which oversee the buildings in the area.

This got me thinking. Why are items that are commonly used needing to be replaced and is there an alternative?

A Grey Area

After doing a little bit more investigation, it seems that this area is a little bit grey at times. The HSE’s website says, ‘materials which encourage growth of Legionella (e.g. flexible hoses) should be avoided wherever possible‘ but doesn’t say cannot be used. The Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) published a document in 2011 related to this issue. They have confirmed that some rubber hoses along with certain O-rings do have the risk of bacteria growth. This is due to the rubber that is used and the manufacturing process in which they are produced. However, if the correct hygiene is followed the risks are reduced. WRAS also state that they do test and check some manufacturer’s products and issue approval numbers to them if they are compliant with current regulations. Therefore, a WRAS approved flexible tap connector can be safely used if hard plumbing is difficult or unachievable.

Is There an Alternative to Rubber?

Is there is an alternative to a rubber flexible tap connector which still provides the movability that the flexible option gives? The simple answer is yes. A copper version is available but does have some limitations. They take longer to connect due to the additional connectors required and the flexibility is more limited compared to the rubber option.

Conclusion

The bottom line is, it’s down to the view of the end user and the instructions from the local authority on the standard they want all of their buildings to follow. Personally, if a flexible connector has WRAS approval a replacement seems to be false economy unless the hose is faulty. Moving forward and if required, then the flexible hose could be phased out within the commercial sector in years to come. However, I can see them being around a lot longer within the domestic market due to ease of use and speed of installation.

Andy

 

For information on the building and glazing projects carried out by Waller Associates please click on the following link to our website https://www.wallerservices.com/

Commercial Building

Commercial building is a growth area for Waller Building. We work in the education and healthcare sectors. The retail sector is also an area of growth. This is due to many warehouse developments in the south east. We install toilet and kitchen areas.

Commercial Glazing

We also install commercial window and doors. For examples of our services, take a look at our commercial glazing case studies.

Waller Building

In the last 25 years, Waller Building has worked on many commercial projects. Our reputation is growing fast. The services provided range from refurbishment through to extensions and complete new builds. Additionally our glazing department repairs windows and glass. We also install uPVC and aluminium windows and doors. One of the major areas that we are continuing grow is window replacement in schools. Waller Associates is Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and safecontractor approved. We are also a Kent County Council approved contractor. We would also be happy to give you a price for any refurbishment works.

Contact Waller Building

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of glazing projects, please contact us. Call 01795 424435 or email mark@wallerservices.com

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My Coronavirus Lockdown Experience

My Coronavirus Lockdown Experience

Once lockdown was announced by the prime minister, it felt slightly surreal that we had to stay at home and going to work was no longer available. There was a feeling of uncertainty, how long would this last? How would companies survive? This is my Coronavirus lockdown experience.

Furloughed

Luckily the government had put the furlough process into place. This meant that although we had to stay at home, the government would pay 80% of our wages. Managing director, Steve Waller, acted extremely quickly to the announcement and ensured that we were on the furlough scheme immediately which protected the company and employees jobs. This was important because we wouldn’t be able to source materials or work on sites meaning no work for the company.

What I did to Keep Myself Entertained During Lockdown

It took a while to get my head around the whole situation. It was very strange seeing little to no cars or people outside going about their normal day to day business. Seeing others wearing face masks and gloves whilst doing the food shop was also something I never thought I would see. It was like something out of a film. I haven’t missed the fast food places that I thought I would which is a surprise. During the lockdown I managed to catch up with all of the T.V. series’ that I was currently watching as well as the films I wanted to see. Gaming was also something I could do a lot of with so much more time available than before.

Even though I couldn’t do much during the full lockdown, staying home to keep the NHS and everyone else safe was the top priority. It felt like a small sacrifice compared to what nurses and doctors were doing.

Back to Work

Eight weeks later and we are back to work whilst implementing the government’s COVID-19 guidelines to help keep clients and staff safe. Hopefully life will get back to normal soon!

Amber

 

For information on the building and glazing projects carried out by Waller Associates please click on the following link to our website https://www.wallerservices.com/

Commercial Building

Commercial building is a growth area for Waller Building. We work in the education and healthcare sectors. The retail sector is also an area of growth. This is due to many warehouse developments in the south east. We install toilet and kitchen areas.

Commercial Glazing

We also install commercial window and doors. For examples of our services, take a look at our commercial glazing case studies.

Waller Building

In the last 25 years, Waller Building has worked on many commercial projects. Our reputation is growing fast. The services provided range from refurbishment through to extensions and complete new builds. Additionally our glazing department repairs windows and glass. We also install uPVC and aluminium windows and doors. One of the major areas that we are continuing grow is window replacement in schools. Waller Associates is Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and safecontractor approved. We are also a Kent County Council approved contractor. We would also be happy to give you a price for any refurbishment works.

Contact Waller Building

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of glazing projects, please contact us. Call 01795 424435 or email mark@wallerservices.com

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Staying COVID-19 Secure 2020

Staying COVID-19 Secure 2020

As we get back to work after such unprecedented times, we all need to work in a safe manner. After being furloughed, staff across the country are returning to the workplace. At Waller Associates we are following the government’s Staying COVID-19 Secure 2020.

Five Steps to Safer Working Together

The government have outlined 5 steps of working together. Waller Associates ensured that the following were put into place before any staff member returned to work.

  • We have carried out a COVID-19 Risk Assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
  • We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

All of our staff are asked that they wash their hands when they arrive at work. Each desk has a hand sanitizer station and a Perspex screen similar to the screens used at supermarket checkouts. Workstations are at least 2m apart and, if possible, staff are able to work from home.

With these steps we are helping to minamalise the risk of infection and stop the spread of coronavirus. We aim to protect our staff and clients during such times and look forward to a time when we can go back to some sort of normality.

You can find out more by clicking on the following government link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely

Stay safe!

 

For information on the building and glazing projects carried out by Waller Associates please click on the following link to our website https://www.wallerservices.com/

Commercial Building

Commercial building is a growth area for Waller Building. We work in the education and healthcare sectors. The retail sector is also an area of growth. This is due to many warehouse developments in the south east. We install toilet and kitchen areas.

Commercial Glazing

We also install commercial window and doors. For examples of our services, take a look at our commercial glazing case studies.

Waller Building

In the last 25 years, Waller Building has worked on many commercial projects. Our reputation is growing fast. The services provided range from refurbishment through to extensions and complete new builds. Additionally our glazing department repairs windows and glass. We also install uPVC and aluminium windows and doors. One of the major areas that we are continuing grow is window replacement in schools. Waller Associates is Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and safecontractor approved. We are also a Kent County Council approved contractor. We would also be happy to give you a price for any refurbishment works.

Contact Waller Building

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of glazing projects, please contact us. Call 01795 424435 or email mark@wallerservices.com

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Waller Services Open for Business
We are happy to announce that Waller Services is open for Business.
Waller Building and Glazing Services have re-opened for business. For any building or glazing enquiries, please contact our office 01795 424435.
We are implementing the government’s COVID-19 guidelines to keep clients and staff safe.
For more information regarding the government’s Five Steps to Safer Working Together guidelines click on the following link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely

For more information on the building and glazing projects carried out by Waller Associates please click on the following link to our website https://www.wallerservices.com/

Commercial Building

Commercial building is a growth area for Waller Building. We work in the education and healthcare sectors. The retail sector is also an area of growth. This is due to many warehouse developments in the south east. We install toilet and kitchen areas.

Commercial Glazing

We also install commercial window and doors. For examples of our services, take a look at our commercial glazing case studies.

Waller Building

In the last 25 years, Waller Building has worked on many commercial projects. Our reputation is growing fast. The services provided range from refurbishment through to extensions and complete new builds. Additionally our glazing department repairs windows and glass. We also install uPVC and aluminium windows and doors. One of the major areas that we are continuing grow is window replacement in schools. Waller Associates is Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and safecontractor approved. We are also a Kent County Council approved contractor. We would also be happy to give you a price for any refurbishment works.

Contact Waller Building

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of glazing projects, please contact us. Call 01795 424435 or email mark@wallerservices.com

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Subcontractor Assistance During Coronavirus Pandemic

Subcontractor Assistance During Coronavirus Pandemic

Please see below for subcontractor assistance during coronavirus pandemic;

We have just received the following two links that you may find useful if have been adversely affected by coronavirus:

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Please feel free to share with others.

Regards

Steve Waller

For more information on the building and glazing projects carried out by Waller Associates please click on the following link to our website https://www.wallerservices.com/

Commercial Building

Commercial building is a growth area for Waller Building. We work in the education and healthcare sectors. The retail sector is also an area of growth. This is due to many warehouse developments in the south east. We install toilet and kitchen areas.

Commercial Glazing

We also install commercial window and doors. For examples of our services, take a look at our commercial glazing case studies.

Waller Building

In the last 25 years, Waller Building has worked on many commercial projects. Our reputation is growing fast. The services provided range from refurbishment through to extensions and complete new builds. Additionally our glazing department repairs windows and glass. We also install uPVC and aluminium windows and doors. One of the major areas that we are continuing grow is window replacement in schools. Waller Associates is Fensa, Chas, Constructionline and safecontractor approved. We are also a Kent County Council approved contractor. We would also be happy to give you a price for any refurbishment works.

Contact Waller Building

Based in Sittingbourne, Kent, we carry out works throughout the south east of England. If you would like a quotation on any size of glazing projects, please contact us. Call 01795 424435 or email mark@wallerservices.com

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