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Is your water legionella free?

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It’s surprising how frequently we read press reports about sports premises suffering problems with their water systems. How certain are you that your water supply is clean, healthy, uncontaminated and legally compliant?

Are you clear on water?

You must have a safe, clean domestic water supply in order to safeguard your members, guests and employees. Your water tanks are one place you really don’t want a birdie.  They must be sound, clean and free from vermin and other pollutants, in order to ensure a clean water supply.  When did you last check or clean them?

Cold water tanks must also be adequately screened from sunlight and solar heat gain in order to prevent the formation of bacteria such as legionella. We clean, disinfect, restore and maintain water tanks so you can be confident that your domestic water is safe and healthy for everyone to use.

Avoid a Legionella outbreak

You must be equally confident that your piped water supply is clean and free from potentially deadly legionella bacteria. This means ensuring that your risk assessment is up to date and remedying any areas in the pipework where water can remain static and encourage the formation of legionella bacteria.

We are L8 approved and can provide testing for legionella as well as an accurate risk assessment. Within your domestic water supply to kitchens and washrooms, we can perform remedial work to remove pipework ‘dead-legs’ and rectify any areas where water is not flowing freely.

For ongoing compliance, we can provide basic training in monitoring for legionella, and ensure that you know how to flush the domestic water system through following periods when it hasn’t been used, in order to ensure a fresh, uncontaminated water supply.

Is my golf club protected?

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On the course, holes are vital – but in your fire prevention processes, they could be fatal. We’re sure you have all your visible fire prevention measures under control, but what about your less visible fire hazards?

Is your kitchen extract system an unseen fire hazard?

If your clubhouse has a restaurant and a commercial kitchen, it is essential to eliminate the potential fire risk caused by the accumulation of airborne, fat, oil and grease (FOG) on the inner surfaces of the kitchen extraction system. Once this FOG layer exceeds 200 microns (about half the thickness of a business card) it represents a significant fire hazard.  Any fire that takes hold here can spread fire to other parts of the building.

Regular cleaning in compliance with TR/19, the leading industry guidance document on ventilation hygiene, issued by the Building Engineering Services Association, is a vital legal requirement. If you are not TR/19 compliant, your buildings insurance could also be compromised and you could even be at risk of prosecution if you don’t have a regular TR/19 cleaning routine in place.  Our expert Kitchen Extract Fire Safety Cleaning service removes every trace of grease and provides full photographic documentation that demonstrates that your system is TR/19 compliant.

Fire damper testing

If you have a mechanical ventilation system and internal fire-resistant walls, you almost certainly will have a fire damper wherever the ventilation duct intersects a fire wall. This is a set of louvres which are normally open, to allow air circulation, but which, in a fire, can be triggered to close automatically; to delay and prevent the spread of fire through the ductwork to other parts of the building.

All fire dampers must be tested every twelve months, using a method called drop testing. We can provide a cost-effective programme of drop testing, along with cleaning and maintenance to ensure that, should the worst happen, your fire dampers will close as intended, buying valuable time to evacuate everyone to safety.  We’ll also document our work so you can demonstrate your compliance, safeguard your buildings insurance and avoid prosecution for negligence.

LABC sponsorship

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Swiftclean is delighted to be a main sponsor of the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017. As a multi award-winning provider of fire, air and water hygiene services, Swiftclean knows the importance of continually striving for improvement and building toward excellence. This is why, as an industry leader, we are so happy to sponsor the regional and national LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017. Like Swiftclean, these awards are respected across different industry sectors and they recognise outstanding quality in all types of building projects, rewarding excellence in teamwork and service.

You can find more out about the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2017 in your region, the categories available; and how to enter on the LABC website. You can also follow @Swiftclean on Twitter and the awards, using the #labcawards hashtag. We are really looking forward to meeting the nominees and winners across the regions, as well as the national awards final in London.

See you there – but while you’re here, please take a few minutes to explore our website and find out more about our services.

If you need any more information, please feel free to give us a call on 0800 114 3751.

How fresh is the indoor air in your golf club?

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Fresh air is one the main attractions of taking up golf but, once inside the clubhouse, how fresh is your indoor air? Not certain? The Swiftclean team will help get you up to scratch on maintaining the health of your ventilation systems, ensuring that time spent in the clubhouse isn’t undoing all the health benefits of playing.

Clean your ventilation ductwork

The cleanliness of your ventilation system is vital; removing steam, condensation and airborne impurities; and providing an invaluable constant source of fresh air for those relaxing off the course and working in your property.

Good quality indoor air quality is essential for the health and wellbeing of everyone, especially those working in or visiting your property regularly. After all, the only place you want anyone to be under par is on the course.

It is a legal requirement, for the sake of your guests, members and employees, to keep your ventilation system compliant with TR/19, the leading industry guidance document on ventilation hygiene, issued by the Building Engineering Services Association. This means regular cleaning at intervals set out in TR/19 guidelines.  If you don’t comply with the law in this area, you could also compromise your buildings insurance.

Legionella control – don’t ignore it

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Legionella control is an area that many care home operators find difficult to manage, yet the elderly and those with underlying health problems are among the most susceptible to contracting Legionnaire’s disease, a pneumonia-like illness, with a potentially fatal outcome.

Legionella bacteria is found naturally in freshwater rivers, streams and lakes and can form in water tanks and pipework. You might think that in a busy care home water never becomes stagnant but this just isn’t so. If rooms are unoccupied or bathrooms unused for several days, either in the event of a death or because residents are on holiday or visiting family, there is potential for legionella to develop. We see outbreaks of it in hospitals and care homes all too frequently.

A legionella outbreak could have serious consequences for those in your care, but it means serious trouble for you too. If there’s an illness or fatality attributed to legionella, you could be liable to prosecution if you cannot prove that you have complied with your responsibilities. Not being aware of them will not be a defence in law. You could face prosecution; even for corporate manslaughter in the event of a fatality. If convicted in a Crown Court, you could be facing a prison sentence and/or a limitless fine, which could run into millions of pounds.

If your business depends on good water hygiene, you can’t afford not to speak to an expert.

All our compliance technicians are trained to L8, BSRIA and CIBSE guidelines, which are the recognised industry standards for legionella control. We can guide you through compliance by providing a full risk assessment and any remedial work needed to bring your premises up to standard. We provide on-going legionella control and leave you with comprehensive records to demonstrate that you’ve done all that is expected of you. We help you to comply, and we make sure you can prove that you’ve complied. One day, you may need to.

Contact us now.

Clean air, happy guests

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Clean air, happy guests

By providing expert ventilation cleaning, Swiftclean’s services help you to comply and allow you to focus on the many other priorities that draw on your attention, safe in the knowledge that you are safeguarding guests and employees alike and meeting Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.

Read more about ventilation cleaning

Kitchen extract ductwork – A hidden fire risk?

The restaurant kitchens at your golf club are central to its success, but they come with a particular hidden risk. Cooking produces airborne fat, oil and grease (FOG), resulting in the formation of grease deposits on the inside of the kitchen extract ductwork which are a serious fire hazard.

Award-winning Swiftclean is one of the UK’s leading specialist Kitchen Extract Fire Safety Cleaning experts, providing full compliance with TR/19, the leading industry document covering ductwork cleaning. Failure to have ductwork professionally cleaned by a specialist, to remove grease deposits, can be perceived as negligence in the eyes of the law, leaving you open to prosecution and uninsured.

Read more about kitchen extract cleaning

Pouring compliance on cold water

Although golf clubs have many members and guests, all will share the same water supply and, therefore, the same water borne risks. Numerous types of bacteria can be present in water, including the potentially fatal Legionella; neglected tanks are extremely high risk areas for the spread of disease. When conditions in water systems are allowed to deteriorate, legionella and other bacteria can proliferate.

Swiftclean offers water tank compliance services to ensure your system is safe and remains compliant with L8, the approved code of practice and guidance for the control of legionella bacteria in water systems. Maintaining compliance requires regular inspection, the correct standard of cleaning, ongoing monitoring and, where necessary, full refurbishment or replacement of sub-standard water tanks. Swiftclean provides expert support in all of these areas.

Read more about legionella and water tank cleaning

Swiftclean Scotland goes live!

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We are delighted to announce that, thanks to a new working partnership with one of Scotland’s foremost property services providers, we are launching Swiftclean Scotland as a new entity.

As you probably know, we have already been working in Scotland for many years, serving valued customers such as Caledonia Housing Association, North Lanarkshire Council, Fairmont Hotel, Carillion, Arthur McKay Building Services and Jury Inns. Now, however, by teaming up with Platinum Property Maintenance, we are establishing a more permanent base in Scotland, at Platinum’s head offices in Hamilton.

By joining forces with Platinum Property Maintenance, we will be able to make our expert services available to their customers, but will also be able to offer Platinum’s comprehensive package of property maintenance and building services to our Scottish customers as well.

Our two offerings are highly complementary, and together we will be able to offer not only the necessities of every property maintenance schedule, but also some highly-specialised services. Our award-winning TR/19 compliant ventilation ductwork cleaning, kitchen extract fire safety cleaning, fire damper testing and legionella risk assessment and control services will now be matched by Platinum’s highly skilled maintenance services. These include glazing, gas engineering, electrics, plumbing, roofing, joinery and decorating. Platinum is also a preferred provider of remedial works for insurance claims against flood, fire, accident and storm damage.

Now one phone call to Swiftclean Scotland gives you access to all these skills and solutions. Like Swiftclean, Platinum Property Maintenance has an excellent track record, serving clients from private landlords with a single property, to those with vast property portfolios, in both the private and public sectors.

Swiftclean Scotland will be launched at the Lanarkshire Business Show in Motherwell on 1 March 2017. So, from now on, for the areas of the property that you see and use every day, as well as the parts which you can’t see but are safety critical, there’s one company you can always turn to.

Maintain your local exhaust ventilation

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Keeping your local exhaust ventilation ductwork clean and compliant is vital. Where certain chemicals and other substances are used in industrial and commercial processes, COSHH regulations require that they should either be contained or safely dispersed through a Local Exhaust Ventilation system.  Your LEV must be tested at least every 14 months, more frequently in many cases, to ensure that it is working effectively; and cleaning and maintenance should also be carried out regularly.

You rely on your local exhaust system for reducing the exposure of your workers to dust, fumes and vapour which could be hazardous to their health. Our operatives provide fully compliant cleaning services nationwide and fully certified post inspection reports so you can demonstrate that you have fulfilled your legal obligations.

Clean your ventilation ductwork

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In pharmaceutical manufacturing, the cleanliness of the ventilation system is especially important, as it should provide an invaluable constant source of fresh air for those working with chemicals and potentially volatile production materials.

Good quality indoor air is also essential throughout your premises for employee health and wellbeing, keeping absence levels at the minimum, while promoting good levels of concentration and productivity.

It is good business sense, as well as a legal requirement, to keep your ventilation system compliant with TR/19 the leading industry guidance document on ventilation hygiene, issued by the Building & Engineering Services Association. Swiftclean has over 30 years of ventilation hygiene experience.  All our work conforms to TR/19 guidelines and is fully documented to demonstrate your compliance.

Water systems – all clear?

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If your water system has been altered in any way since your last legionella risk assessment, either by removing a sink, basin, or shower, or adding any new facilities, you must, by law, have a new risk assessment. And if your water system is left for several weeks at a time without being used, as it may well be during holiday periods, it is vulnerable to infiltration by legionella bacteria. Do you know how to flush the system through to avoid legionella outbreaks?

Your water tanks must also be cleaned and maintained at regular intervals so that the microscopic water droplets, which are inevitably breathed in when washrooms are in use, are completely harmless.

We can help you establish a strict legionella control regime, from risk assessment to water testing; and we can train your team to keep compliance current too. Tap into our resources by calling 0800 012 5482.

Kitchen extracts – grease proof?

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If you have a school kitchen and carry out cooking on the premises, your kitchen extract system must be cleaned at regular intervals in accordance with TR/19, the leading industry guidance document concerning ventilation ductwork hygiene.

Even with the healthiest menu and in a spotlessly clean kitchen, airborne oil and grease from cooking enters your extract ductwork and forms a film which, if not removed, can spread fire through the building. And it only needs to be half the thickness of a business card to create a fire hazard.

We can help you establish a cost-effective regular cleaning schedule to remove both the grease and its associated fire risk.

To access our expert services, call us now on 0800 012 5482.

Fire dampers – testing times?

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Can you locate and identify your fire dampers? It’s not an exam question, it’s a legal requirement, and one which fire officers and HSE are currently clamping down on.

We’re finding that an awful lot of property managers don’t know where in the building  theirs are, what type they are or how frequently they need to be tested. A worrying number don’t know when they were last tested and that’s really bad news as they can delay or prevent fire from spreading, giving you time to evacuate students and staff in safety.

Have a look at our fire damper drop testing page to learn more or contact us on 0800 243 471

We hope all your Christmas surprises are pleasant

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While shepherds washed their socks…..

Yes, we know those are the wrong words, but a lot of people get laundry extract management wrong too. That’s why we’ve launched our new laundry extract cleaning service, which eliminates one of the most prevalent, but least known, fire hazards – accumulated lint, fibre and dust particles in laundry extracts. If your organisation processes a large quantity of laundry on site, you need regular laundry extract cleaning, and you also need to be sure that fibres haven’t encroached on your main ventilation system too.

Check the halls…of residence
…and every other building with fire dampers. Let’s face it, the only place you want a blazing fire at Christmas is in the hearth. Your guest’, residents’ and visitors’ safety depends on it. If you have fire dampers, you must know where they are and you must have them tested regularly, every one or two years, depending on their type and the use of your building.

Fire prevention officers and the HSE are being particularly active about this, so don’t wait until the New Year to resolve to tackle this. We can make it easy for you with our dedicated fire damper drop testing service.

Eat, drink and be safe

Christmas preparations should include ensuring that your kitchen extract system is clean and safe at the busiest time of the year. If you don’t carry out kitchen extract fire safety cleaning to the TR/19 guidelines in accordance with your legal responsibilities, it may not only be Santa who thinks you’re naughty rather than nice. Negligence in this area can result in prosecution and even a custodial sentence.

We can protect you from all that with our dedicated kitchen extract fire safety cleaning service. Competitively priced and cost effective, we’ll help keep you on Santa’s good list.

Merry and bright

It’s all too easy to get it wrong with legionella control in your water too, so let’s be bright about it. If your risk assessment is not up to date; if you have made any alterations to the water system since your last risk assessment; if your water tanks haven’t been cleaned in a long time; or if your building will be unoccupied for a while over the Christmas period; now is the essential – and perfect – time to tackle your legionella control.

Wishing you a prosperous and safe Christmas period and a fully compliant 2017!

Get 50% off your next laundry extract clean

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We are raising awareness of the need to achieve compliance in kitchens and laundries with a new offer. If you book both a kitchen extract clean and a laundry extract clean at the same time, before the end of January 2017, you will be able to buy your laundry extract clean at half price.

“We’re giving 50% off laundry extract cleaning for a short period, when booked with a kitchen extract fire safety clean, in order to raise awareness of these ‘hidden’ fire hazards,” says Sales & Marketing Director Martin Hembling. “A couple of years ago we found that many property managers were unaware of the importance of regularly cleaning kitchen extract systems; now awareness of this has grown, but many more remain unaware of this potential hazard, and of the hidden danger of fibres, lint and dust which accumulate in laundry extract systems”.

The problem with both fire risks is that they are out of sight, yet they pose a very real fire risk in otherwise pristine premises, says Swiftclean. Cleaning of all ventilation ductwork in accordance with leading industry guidance document TR/19 is a legal requirement, and it is particularly important to tackle laundry and kitchen extracts, where unseen fire risks can and will develop.

We hope that by offering a great deal for the start of 2017, property managers will be able to start the new year with compliance high on their agenda.

Face the facts on compliance at The Facilities Show

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We don’t always want to think about what lurks in ventilation systems, water systems or kitchen extract ductwork systems, but we should – especially if they haven’t been risk assessed or cleaned for a while. So we’ll be there to help you do that at the Facilities Show – to face the facts and identify the solutions.

Unpleasant fact 1:
Dust and debris in ventilation systems can compromise air quality and contribute to Sick Building Syndrome.
Unpleasant fact 2:
Legionella breeds in poorly maintained water systems, causing potentially fatal Legionnaires Disease.
Unpleasant fact 3:
Grease deposits in kitchen extract systems can spread fires to the rest of your property – and neighbouring ones.

Reassuring fact 1:
Swiftclean’s award-winning services can provide the solution to all these problems.
Reassuring fact 2:
We provide full documentation after all our work, demonstrating your compliance.
Reassuring fact 3:
We are highly skilled and cost effective, with a truly national service across the UK.

We’re happy to talk and to give you expert advice. Register here to see us on stand S1220 at the Facilities Show, or call 0800 012 5309 to chat now.

Together we can face the facts and find the solutions.

Fire dampers – out of sight, but not out of mind

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Fire dampers are a hidden but critical part of fire safety. This is especially true in pubs and restaurants, where ventilation ductwork can act as an easy route for fire. Fire dampers can prevent or delay the spread of fire through building’s ventilation system, so it is vital that they are regularly tested, in a process known as drop testing. They must also be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis – in fact it’s a legal requirement to do this in accordance with BS 9999:2008.

In the event of a fire, if the fire dampers in the ventilation ductwork fail to close, there may be no barrier to the spread of flames in a public house or restaurant. In some buildings, the location of the fire dampers has not been recorded, let alone their type or when they were last tested. As, according to their type, fire dampers must be tested and cleaned every 12 months or two years, this can leave you in a serious breach of the law. Do you know where your fire dampers are located and when they were last tested?

Swiftclean will locate all of your fire dampers and determine their type, before drop testing, cleaning and maintaining them in accordance with BS 9999:2008. We will also provide clear records to enable you to demonstrate compliance with the law and determine when testing needs to take place next. Not sure if you comply at the moment? Try our compliance checker here. Pretty sure you need our help? Call 0800 114 3822 now and we’ll be glad to help.

Swiftclean – clear water between you and the law

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Legionella Control

Legionella breeds and multiplies in tepid, static water, which can be found in pipework, plumbing and water storage tanks. Failure to comply with L8 can lead to an outbreak of the potentially fatal Legionnaire’s disease, which can result in limitless fines, prosecution and, in the event of fatality, a possible custodial sentence. Swiftclean’s expert legionella control services allow building managers to focus on the many other priorities that require their attention, reassured that HSE guidelines are fully met and their compliance monitored.

Swiftclean Building Services offers a complete Legionella control, risk assessment, and water system monitoring service, tailored to the specific needs of pubs and restaurants. With our team’s expert assistance you can eliminate and control legionella bacteria, becoming and remaining L8 compliant. Swiftclean specialists will assess your water system, eliminate dead-legs in pipework (which might harbour static water), and put in place a strong regime of regular monitoring, providing log books to document your legionella control measures.

Swiftclean is one of the UK’s leading specialists in Legionella Control Risk Assessment, providing full compliance with L8 guidelines for legionella control. Prevention is always better than cure, so call us now on 0800 114 3822. Not sure if your pub or restaurant is compliant? Take a look at our handy compliance checker and discover whether you need to take immediate action.