Duct Cleaning – TR19

All three sets of guidance now agree on the way to ensure appropriately clean ductwork both at commissioning stage and during service to ensure safer and healthier buildings. Swiftclean helped draft BG49/2013, the second edition of TR/19, which was issued in July 2014, and also provided one of the authors of the original TR/19 document, our MD Gary Nicholls, and its predecessors TR/17 first and second editions.

Swiftclean duct cleaning compliance services

With the use of a variety of extraction devices along with specialised mechanical brushes, air jets and manual methods, Swiftclean can remove all types of contamination, and where microbiological contamination is an identified issue – will disinfect where necessary. Many existing duct systems have insufficient access points to enable cleaning; Swiftclean will install access doors at strategic points throughout the system to enable regular inspection, cleaning and if necessary, disinfection to be easily & safely undertaken. Find out now if your ductwork systems are compliant with the Approved Code of Practice from the Health and Safety Commission with the Swiftclean Duct Compliance Checker and the Swiftclean AHU Compliance Checker.

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TR/19 Compliance

To be compliant with TR/19, ventilation supply and extract ductwork must be classified at one of three levels, according to the area of the building that it serves. Each system must be classified as high, medium or low, in order to reflect the purpose and function of that area of the property. This means that there can be different classifications for individual zones within the same building or complex.

You may need expert help and guide you to determine which category or categories your ventilation systems fall into and how often the ductwork should be tested and cleaned as a result, according to the tables set out in TR/19. Swiftclean can advise on system access design and installation and specialises in devising tailored hygiene maintenance schedules to ensure that you achieve compliance with TR/19, and stay compliant in the most cost effective way in each property for which you are the appointed responsible person.

Dirty air ducts and ventilation systems can affect your business in a variety of costly ways, these can include; a drop in productivity, low employee morale, computer downtime, ruined interior decorations and high capital expenditure to replace prematurely deteriorated air conditioning systems.

What is even more of a concern is the very real threat to building managers of prosecution, should ducts not comply with the regulations of the Health and Safety Commission, which state that ventilation systems should be cleaned, as appropriate and subject to ‘a suitable’ system of maintenance. The level of appropriateness is defined clearly in TR/19 second edition and also BS EN 15780 and depends on the usage classification of the building in question.

It is important to note that a ventilation system, through which the air that we breathe passes, typically has an internal surface area equivalent to 10% of the space that it serves. This puts into context the importance that should be placed on appropriately managing the hygiene within any ventilation system.

Your Legal Responsibility

To ensure compliance with the Regulations and associated Approved Code of Practice from the Health and Safety Commission which states that all mechanical ventilation systems should be regularly and properly cleaned, tested and maintained to ensure that they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air.

Other Ventilation System Services

Swiftclean offers a range of ventilation system services to help you ensure that your building remains healthy, safe, legal and compliant:

Swiftclean commitment:

  • FREE quotation/technical advice – Nationwide – call 0800 243 471
  • Complete satisfaction or your money back guaranteed
  • Rapid response to client needs
  • Work carried out to relevant BESA, BSRIA and Health & Safety guidelines and regulations
  • Cleaning to ensure compliance with current Health & Safety regulations
  • Kitchen grease extract systems cleaned in compliance with buildings insurance requirements and Fire Safety regulations
  • Method Statements and Risk Assessments provided site specific as required
  • All works fully certified and post clean reports provided

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