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Hospital Ventilation

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Hospital Ventilation Cleaning

Dust and debris found in uncleaned ductwork, together with temperature and humidity levels, have been linked to the growth and spread of MRSA and other micro-organisms in hospitals. It is similar to how flu and other common cold infections spread through poorly maintained and uncleaned workplace systems. Owners and managers have a ‘duty of care’ to make sure that the building is safe and comfortable by making sure ventilation systems are cleaned efficiently and regularly. In order to ensure that conditions for building occupants are comfortable and safe there is a 'duty of care' requirement for owners and managers to ensure that ventilation systems are kept clean.

The Legal Requirements

Under The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations, building owners and managers have a legal obligation to ensure that enclosed workplaces are ventilated with fresh, purified air. If a mechanical system is provided, it must be cleaned, maintained and inspected regularly. Good records need to be kept showing evidence that the ductwork continues to meet the Regulations.

Meeting Legal Requirements

Our ventilation cleaning service has been designed to assist those responsible to meet their legal obligations and exercise their ‘duty of care’. As a first step, we carry out a survey of your system and provide a detailed assessment of risk, highlighting issues or defects that impact on the overall cleanliness of the system and benchmarking any accumulated soiling within the system against current industry standards laid down by Industry Standard of Excellence HVCA TR19 and CIBSE TM26. This will be identical to providing an MOT on the state of the system.

Assisting the battle against Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI)

There is considerable evidence to show that uncleaned ventilation systems can assist the development and spread of HCAI. Temperature and humidity conditions typically found in these systems, allied to the presence of organic matter including human hair and skin particles, provide excellent opportunities for bugs like MRSA and C. diff. to thrive and to be disseminated. Ventilation systems act both as a support for, and disseminator of very harmful bacteria. Just improving system filtration is rarely an effective measure to tackle this problem. Only thorough system cleaning, allied to better filtration materials, can provide an effective contribution to the battle to defeat infection.

System cleaning

Where it is found that a general ventilation system needs cleaning we will draw up a set of proposals with costs highlighting particular issues such as installing additional access doors to facilitate thorough cleaning of internal duct surfaces, post-clean reporting and testing. Ductwork cleaning will be carried out with the minimum of disruption and using the latest hygiene methods, in accordance with industry standards.

Cleaning prior to commissioning new or re-furbished systems

In general, the ventilation system is one of the first major services to be installed during a new build, or modified during refurbishment projects, and is prone to contamination from other work such as drilling, carpentry and plastering. CDM regulations require a system to be clean before it is handed over to the client, and it is recommended that it be cleaned prior to commissioning to avoid debris and dirt within the system affecting the commissioning and balancing. Just ask us to survey and provide quotations at the planning stage.

No Price Increase Guarantee

To assist the management and control of budgeting, we guarantee not to increase our contractual prices for a minimum of three years.