We cover all business sectors including, but not limited to:
- Golf Clubs
- Leisure Centres
- Rail Stations
- MOD sites
If your business sector is not mentioned in the above list, please contact us for technical advice as this list is not exhaustive.
Your Legal Responsibility
You may be required to conduct a risk assessment for your hot and cold water system to address all potential hazards – including legionella – and then weigh up the risk. Water storage tanks are a potential breeding ground for Legionella and must be regularly inspected and cleaned as required to achieve compliance with L8, BSRIA and CIBSE guidelines. This will prevent outbreaks of the life threatening illness which can be caused by this bacteria. You must be able to demonstrate through documentation all practicable steps have been taken to address the risks associated with water. Find out more about Legionella Compliance and Legionella Control.
Ductwork systems are the ‘lungs’ of a building and can be a route for bacteria, smoke and fire to travel so keeping ductwork clean is very important.
These systems must be cleaned regularly to ensure a clean air supply and efficient and effective extraction to minimise the risk of toxic mould forming and to reduce the risk of fire. Find out more about Ventilation Compliance and Duct Cleaning.
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. Kitchen extract systems in heavy use (12-16 hours a day) should be cleaned at least quarterly, moderate use (6-12 hours a day) should be cleaned half-yearly, light use (2-6 hours a day) should be cleaned at least once a year. Find out more about Kitchen Extract Compliance and Kitchen Extract Cleaning for fire safety.
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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 people, especially the more vulnerable and less mobile.
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 recently updated guidance, BS9999:2017, 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 can provide regular effective, expert cleaning services for your business in areas of:
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