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News & Infos2023-07-03T16:44:59+02:00

Support wanted in quality management

Since January 24, 2024, we have been a DAkkS-accredited drinking water testing laboratory with a focus on drinking water sampling. Unfortunately, our experienced quality management officer left us at the end of last year. The new Quality Management Representative (QMB) is a commercial "career changer" and needs short-term support in managing and organizing our quality management system - especially with regard to the technical requirements and (compared to ISO 9001) special features of the accreditation standard DIN EN ISO 17025. We are therefore looking for a Quality Manager (m/f/d) part-time position to support our QMB and our laboratory manager in preparing for the upcoming surveillance audits. The following activities must be implemented professionally or actively supported in their implementation: Maintenance and further development of the quality management system (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025) Planning, implementation and documentation of internal audits and external audits Training of internal employees Regular evaluation of the quality management system Reporting to the management Our requirements profile is based on your experience, not on your formal (professional) qualifications: Ideally, you have professional experience in quality management in a testing laboratory. Knowledge of the requirements of DIN EN ISO 17025:2018 is mandatory. With your assertive personality, you ensure acceptance and [...]

Conference and workshop on duties to maintain safety on premises on April 18/19, 2024 in Heidelberg

We want to "meet new risks with expertise" and are therefore organizing a two-day event on the topic of operational responsibilities for owners and facility managers of residential buildings at the Arthotel in Heidelberg in April 2024. The conference will focus on new legal and technical requirements that the housing industry should observe in order to minimize its own risk of liability. Specifically, this concerns the new Drinking Water Ordinance, which has been in force since the end of June 2023, and the new Hazardous Substances Ordinance, which is available as a draft bill and is expected to be adopted in the course of 2024. In addition, current liability legislation is presented, as well as a "non-liable" compliance and risk management system. The following day's workshop will focus on the operational implementation of the Drinking Water Ordinance and "problem areas in hygiene." After 8 years, we are returning to Baden-Württemberg with our series of events on "duties to maintain safety on premises", where - in terms of headcount - most of our housing industry customers are located. The conference will focus on the new challenges facing the real estate industry in times when there is less financial leeway for risk prevention [...]

Subsidiary company GAS-Control GmbH celebrates its 30th anniversary.

On November 1, 1993, Marc Vincenz founded GAS-Control as a sole proprietorship based in Steinhude. 30 years later, GAS-Control GmbH employs more than 40 full-time employees, collaborates with over 20 independent gas inspectors, and generates an annual revenue of more than 3 million EUR. The younger sister company WATERcontrol extends heartfelt congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the firm and to this remarkable success story. Today, a delegation from WATERcontrol presented these beautiful helium balloons to Jana Franke, the authorized representative of GAS-Control GmbH and daughter of the company owner Marc Vincenz, who is celebrating the anniversary at the overseas office in Gran Canaria. The milestone birthday will be appropriately celebrated during this year's Christmas party on December 16, 2023, with 100 invited guests. The founder of the company, Marc Vincenz, had the business idea of ​​testing gas pipelines for leaks. This was prompted by significant gas leaks in a multi-family house belonging to his grandfather, which, despite repeated complaints from the affected tenant, went unnoticed by the gas and water installer. He subsequently commissioned an engineering firm to develop a portable gas detection device capable of locating the smallest leaks in low-pressure pipelines. The company GAS-Control originally consisted of five [...]

Employees (m/f/d) for Planning Department Wanted

Due to a favorable workload, we are looking to strengthen our team and are currently seeking immediate support for our planning department. This role will involve coordinating and organizing the deployment of all internal and external samplers. If you have a commercial background, possess strong organizational skills, and enjoy working in a team, then you are the perfect fit for our company. You can expect a role in our planning department, where you will work at a computer workstation. Currently, the department is staffed with three colleagues. Our offices are generously sized and equipped with air conditioning for a comfortable working environment. If you commute to work by car, there are ample parking spaces available directly in front of the building. Good computer skills are required for the spatial and temporal personnel deployment planning of our samplers. Frequent use is made of MS Excel, Google and Bing Maps, as well as our company software, called Worknet, for the spatial and temporal personnel deployment planning of our samplers. In addition to creating deployment plans (routes, schedules), the preparation and distribution of sampling documentation will also be part of your responsibilities. Moreover, your communication skills will be in demand. Our team is happy [...]

New comprehensively amended drinking water ordinance in force since June 24, 2023

Germany was required to implement the requirements set by the EU Drinking Water Directive, which came into force on January 12, 2021, by January 12, 2023. This included, among other things, the introduction of the so-called risk-based approach to safe water for all water suppliers and the establishment of minimum hygiene requirements for materials and substances in contact with drinking water. With some delay, the new Drinking Water Ordinance passed the Federal Council on March 31, 2023. After an unusually long wait of almost 3 months, she was released on June 23, 2023, was published in the Federal Law Gazette and entered into force one day later, on June 24, 2023, in force. The second ordinance amending the Drinking Water Ordinance is the first profound and comprehensive revision of the ordained drinking water law, introducing new topics and also a new system, which, according to the Federal Ministry of Law, should be more user-friendly than that of the old ordinance. The result is a process-oriented structure with 72 paragraphs, divided into 16 sections and 7 appendices, which leaves no stone unturned. We would like to take this opportunity to explain the changes and innovations that we believe are relevant to the housing [...]

Practical Forum on Operator Obligations & Safety Responsibilities on June 22, 2023, in Hamburg.

How do you handle operator obligations and safety responsibilities during times of energy cost pressure and inflation? What must you do, what can you leave? And above all: how can one become more efficient and save costs when it comes to essential safety measures? We aim to address these questions at the Practical Forum on Safety Measures, a workshop format that we are organizing for the 5th time in collaboration with the Real Estate Consulting GmbH – a practical event designed for industry professionals. Legal obligations that you must strictly comply with and that are part of your daily business arise from the Hazardous Substances Act and the Drinking Water Regulations. Both regulations have recently been revised, with the Drinking Water Regulations undergoing a complete restructuring. As a practitioner from the housing industry, Reno Schütt, Managing Director of GEWO Nordhorn GmbH, delved into the requirements of the new Hazardous Substances Regulation, particularly regarding asbestos, more than a year ago. He is eager to share his insights and experiences in this field with his professional colleagues. Since 2019, our board member Marcus Pikarek has been a permanent speaker for the BBA (Building and Real Estate Academy) on legal and [...]

Professional services

  • Drinking water testing for Legionella according to Drinking Water Ordinance (core business)
  • Drinking water testing for microbiological and chemical parameters prior to commissioning of systems (e.g. acceptance sampling)
  • Testing of swimming pool and bathing water
  • Testing of raw water
  • Random samples (Z-samples) in drinking and utility water installations for chemical parameters, especially heavy metals
  • Graduated stagnation samples (S0, S1, S2 samples) for chemical parameters, especially heavy metals
  • On-site determination of electrical conductivity and pH value of water
  • Qualitative sensory testing of drinking water on site

Service offerings

  • Processing of client’s object lists and maintenance of inventory data in EDV systems
  • Object inspections to determine testing obligations and, if necessary, establishment of sampling points
  • Nationwide standardized sampling by quality management-integrated, hygiene and sensoric trained samplers with takeover of user/tenant communication
  • Schedule planning for test-obligated apartments between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm; individual appointments with individual tenants/users
  • Correspondence with health authorities on behalf of the client
  • Monitoring of deadlines for all recurring testing obligations on behalf of the client”
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