One of the most overlooked aspects of fire prevention is the cleaning of laundry extract systems. This is vital for any organisation which processes large quantities of laundry, including laundry service providers, hospitals, hotels, student accommodation and prisons.
Large quantities of laundry, such as bedding and towels in particular, generate a large amount of lint, fibre and dust from the textiles being washed and dried in commercial machines.
These impurities collect in the laundry extract system itself and some may get through the filters and infiltrate the main ventilation ductwork system, where they can also accumulate, slowing the system and creating an additional fire hazard.
What Swiftclean can do to help
We will help you to determine how frequently your system must be cleaned and work out a cost programme to ensure that you don’t fall behind with cleaning. Our highly trained operatives will clean your laundry extract system and remove lint, fibre and dust particles to leave you with a safe and compliant system.
We document every clean with a full report, including before and after photography, so that you can demonstrate your compliance to your insurance company, an HSE officer or Fire Prevention Officer.
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More resources and best practice
Laundry extract systems should form part of the building manager’s fire risk assessment and are covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This advises that laundry extract systems should be regularly inspected and the ductwork cleaned in order to prevent fires. Failure to do so may be construed as negligence and may also compromise your insurance cover, as well as impacting your workers’ health and putting them at increased risk from fire.
Sadly, fires in laundry extract systems are all too common. In accordance with TR/19, the leading guidance document on the cleanliness of ventilation systems, your laundry extract system and ventilation ductwork must be cleaned regularly to remove dust and fibres and therefore eliminate the fire risk that they create. Laundry systems will be classified as medium under TR/19, so will require cleaning on a regular basis. How often this must be carried out will depend on the work load and frequency of use, so it will be important to work out the optimum cleaning intervals to ensure that the system is compliant and the fire risk is removed.