It’s the next in our series of blogs focusing on our services. This time round, it’s time for us to drill down into our air hygiene service. Air quality in the UK is a major public health concern. Efforts are being made to tackle air pollutants, such as London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) introduced in April 2019. For industrial and commercial units, there’s also the Medium Combustion Plant Directive, which came into force in 2018. It’s therefore all the more important for organisations to comply with health and safety regulations for indoor air quality in their buildings.
Maintaining and testing air quality to the highest standards
Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, it is a legal obligation that all enclosed workplaces are ventilated with fresh, purified air. In areas where mechanical ventilation is provided, it must be inspected, cleaned and maintained at regular intervals. React’s specialist air hygiene team is highly experienced and skilled in the cleaning of all ductwork systems, Fire Damper testing and indoor air quality surveying.
With coverage across the United Kingdom, we work across the economy, and in all types of building. Our roster of private-sector clients includes commercial landlords and FM service providers. In the public sector, we work with NHS Trusts, railway operators and local authorities in municipal buildings including schools. And we’re experts in the relevant regulations, whether that’s the TR19 standard or the BS9999:2017 kitemark. We complete all work in accordance with these requirements, to ensure our clients are fully compliant.
Kitchen grease extractors can undermine air hygiene
One particularly important area of air hygiene is kitchen extract and ducting systems. Poorly maintained kitchen grease extractors can severely undermine air hygiene standards. Moreover, failure to inspect and clean extract systems regularly can result in them becoming a fire risk. It’s not uncommon for systems laden with grease to ignite. An organisation’s buildings insurance may be invalidated if it has failed to carry our regular inspection and cleaning of grease extract systems.
Our team successfully inspect and clean all such systems, helping clients remain compliant with HVCA TR19, Fire Officers and Insurers. We will happily work with any organisation with kitchen extract and ducting systems to agree regular inspection and cleaning programmes, reducing Health and Safety risk.
Fire Damper testing to achieve air hygiene compliance
Another key area of focus for our air hygiene team is Fire Dampers. These play a crucial role in the prevention of fires within ductwork systems. We will inspect and test Fire Dampers in accordance with BS 9999:2017. It is a stipulation of the industry standard that all Fire Dampers should be drop tested, cleaned and maintained every twelve months as a minimum. Once again, we work with organisations to institute regular inspection and cleaning schedules, and meet all regulatory requirements.
If you need specialist air hygiene services, why not contact the React team today.
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Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sectors.