Facilities Managers have multiple responsibilities and have to be aware of and comply with a wide range of rules, regulations and client imposed performance measures. These challenges are exacerbated in multi-tenant, multi-site situations so dealing with a company like Swiftclean that can provide a one-stop shop for key H&S related services, consistently and across the whole of the UK is a major benefit. Swiftclean also recognises the FM’s need for clear documentation and an audit trail and prides itself on providing detailed and helpful post clean reports via an online portal.
Your Legal Responsibilities
Building operators have a legal duty to carry out risk assessments and undertake regular programmes of maintenance to control legionella. Certification of the inspections and work is required in order that you can prove you’ve done all that was required under law. Failure to comply will result in prosecution by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). Deaths resulting from legionella outbreaks can lead to prosecutions for corporate manslaughter along with prosecutions of individual managers who fail to meet their responsibilities. Find out more about Legionella Compliance and Legionella Control.
Oil, fat and grease deposits can spread fire rapidly through a building, posing a serious risk to the lives of occupants. To prevent fire, kitchen extract ductwork must be cleaned efficiently and effectively at regular intervals, in compliance with the leading industry guidance document TR/19 section 7. If this ductwork hasn’t been cleaned properly as required by law, and it can’t be proved that all grease deposits have been completely removed at the intervals prescribed by TR/19, a corporate manslaughter charge can result if fire breaks out. Furthermore, if cleaning hasn’t been carried out in accordance with Fire Safety regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) regulations, it may invalidate the buildings insurance and result in rejected insurance claims in the event of fire. Find out more about Kitchen Extract Compliance and Kitchen Extract Cleaning for fire safety.
Another very important passive fire prevention measure is the regular testing, cleaning and maintenance of fire dampers. These are metal louvres which can open and close and are installed across the ductwork to form a temporary barrier when closed but allow the free flow of air when open. You may not even be aware that your ventilation system has fire dampers, but they fulfil a very important function, so you must be sure that they are in working order.
In the event of a fire travelling through ductwork, the fire damper must close, to restrict the oxygen supply to the fire and create a barrier which slows the spread of the fire. This buys valuable time in which to safely evacuate shoppers, especially the more vulnerable and less mobile centre visitors.
There are different types of fire damper; some are spring operated, some have fuseable links and there are other designs which are remotely operated. All types must be regularly tested, using a method known as drop testing, cleaned and maintained. According to BS 9999 guidance updated early 2017, all fire dampers must now be tested at no more than twelve month intervals.
We can help you locate your fire dampers, create access to inaccessible fire dampers then drop test, clean and maintain them for compliance. More information can be found on our fire dampers page.
Swiftclean Services for the Facilities Management Sector
Swiftclean is the specialist’s specialist, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will keep you and your customers and staff safe whilst remaining legally compliant and protected from prosecution.
- Legionella Risk Assessments and cleaning to the exacting standards of the Legionella Control Association (LCA) code of conduct and in compliance with L8, BSRIA and CIBSE requirements.
- Kitchen Extract Cleaning and Duct Cleaning to Section 7 of TR/19 requirements to provide compliance with Fire, Health & Safety and Workplace regulations.
Contact us today to speak to one of our expert advisors and find out more about our Facilities Management sector services.