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VENTILATION CLEANING IS REQUIRED BY LAW
Essex Ventilation Hygiene Specialists provide you with a specialist ventilation cleaning service for your business
We will conduct a full survey and risk assessment of your Kitchen and extraction ventilation system and provide a free quotation to complete the work. In addition we will identify any need for additional access panel installation, which will enable all sections of the ducting, fan and extraction to be satisfactorily cleaned.
Providing a 24/7 service to fit your schedule. All work undertaken is carried out by fully qualified engineers. A certificate of hygiene is issued after every full clean, which will count as proof that work has been carried out for both insurance and legal purposes.
By maintaining clean ventilation systems, clients minimise the health and safety risks associated with a build-up of dirt and grime in ventilation units. Efficient and effective ventilation within buildings is essential to maintain good air quality which is key, from an employee welfare and health and safety perspective. But no matter how well a vent system is designed it is vitally important that the entire system has a regular deep clean to reduce fire risk, help maintain good air flow and to reduce the risk of Sick Building Syndrome through the removal of contaminants within the system.
With the increase in ventilation fires many insurance companies have now made regular cleaning of vent systems a requirement under fires prevention measures. Ventilation systems should always be cleaned to HVCA TR19 standard.
Under food safety legislation, it is the legal duty of the operator of a food business to maintain food equipment and premises in a clean condition.
The majority now stipulate as part of a building's insurance terms the requirement for grease to be extracted from ductwork on a regular basis (normally once or twice a year) and a valid certificate be held for the work carried out.
Under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) regulations 1997, there is a legal requirement to undertake a formal fire safety risk assessment and to implement controls where a hazard is identified. ventilation extraction systems are a high risk installation in terms of fire safety and the risk assessment should ensure that monitored effective cleaning are in place.
Health & Safety 1974
States it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all staff and customers. An absence of adequate control renders the business operator liable to criminal action. The absence of an effective system for maintaining ventilation extraction systems could readily lead to fire and subsequent injury or death of either building occupants or of third parties such as fire officers. Any such event would be likely to result in legal action.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare 1992)
It states that where ventilation is provided by mechanical means the regulations stipulate that such systems are to be maintained (including appropriate cleaning) in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
Occupiers Liability Act 1984
The Act prescribes that the occupier of a premises has a "duty of care" so far as is reasonably practicable to prevent risks of injury including any serious illness.
The Government is seeking to introduce the concept of "Corporate Manslaughter", which has profound consequences for operators of food businesses. Those who fail to put into place the necessary measures, as part of an overall corporate strategy, to protect the lives of employees and others who might be affected by their services could face a prison sentence if death is caused by their criminal negligence. This has a significant impact on installations such as ventilation extractions where a significant risk exists if the installation fails.
It is now a legal requirement that Insurance companies now stipulate that ventilation and fan cleaning is undertaken to the correct standards the B&ES TR/19 standard.
your insurance could be invalid without a current HVCA B&ES TR/19 certificate here at EVHS we are qualified to supply you with necessary certification
Grease extraction duct work if not kept clean poses a Substantial Fire Risk. Grease is a potential fuel for a fire to spread throughout an extract system and into other areas of the building.
The London Fire Brigade sources report that there is a kitchen extract ductwork fire on average every 9 days in Greater London alone, and insurers may not always pay a claim if the duct system was found to be the cause of the fire spreading, especially if it could be demonstrated that the system was not properly cleaned in accordance with their policy conditions or warranties.
It is essential that a kitchen extract ductwork system, and canopy/extract plenum, is provided with access panels of sufficient number, quality and size to enable unrestricted access for regular cleaning and inspection of the internal surfaces and in-line components.
• It is a legal requirement
• Removes grease deposits
• Reduces carbon
• Reduces risk of fire
• Lower insurance premium
• Authority requirements
• Essential hygiene
• Protection of rodent
• Remove/stop smells
• Improve the image of your business
The need for specialist cleaning of extract systems will depend on the level of usage of the cooking equipment, types and quantity of cooking and other risk factors such as vulnerability of the systems to ignition and of the building and its occupant/user to system fire, hygiene, vermin and mechanical hazards.
These Regulations require that employers provide effective and suitable ventilation in every enclosed workplace. This includes kitchens, which need ventilation to create a safe and comfortable working environment. Catering and cooking can produce significant amounts of fumes and vapours, as well as large amounts of heat. Mechanical extraction, via a canopy hood installed over the cooking appliances, can remove these fumes and vapour and discharge them to a safe location.
Frequency of cleaning as recommended by HVCA TR/19
A planned, regular ventilation, ductwork, vent, fan and filter cleaning programme undertaken by Essex ventilation hygiene specialists will help to satisfy this law and minimise the most common cause of fires within commercial catering establishments.
All food businesses will get a rating from five stars to no stars, which will represent the combined score for compliance with food hygiene and safety. Essex Ventilation Hygiene Specialists can help you to achieve up to 5 stars. Please see the scores on the doors web site for more information.
• All operatives are trained by the European school of ductwork cleaning and hygiene AEME
• We are a fully accredited and certified company
• HVCA, TR19 registered cleaning company
• A certificate of hygiene is issued after every full clean
• All work undertaken is carried out by fully qualified and uniformed engineers
• Deep cleaning of kitchen canopies, filters, ductwork and fans
• Pre and post-clean photographic records
• Detailed method statements and risk assessments
• Cleaning undertaken at any time, day or night, to suit your operation.
• Kitchen Extraction Filter Service
• All work will be carried out in a clean & tidy manner with minimum disruption
• Advice and Guidance regarding policies and laws
We offer a full 24 hour emergency callout service.
If, for any reason, your extraction system develops a problem that could be cleaning related, we'll come straight out to deal with it, day or night, 24 hours a day.
We provide specialist cleaning service to:
• Food preparation areas
• Schools - all staff are CRB checked
• Care homes
• Cafés, bars & bistros
• Golf & Sports clubs
On completion of work you will be provided with the following information
• A certificate of hygiene the systems cleaned pre-clean measurements [using wet film thickness gauge]
• Post clean measurements [using wet film thickness gauge]
• Pre and post clean photographic evidence
• Additional works carried out i.e. Access panels being fitted
• Any recommendations for future cleaning requirements.
The objectives of an effective kitchen ventilation system are to:
• Remove cooking fumes at source, i.e. at the appliance;
• Remove excess hot air and bring in cool, clean air, so the working environment is comfortable. Inadequate ventilation can cause stress, contributing to unsafe systems of work and high staff turnover;
• Make sure that the air movement in the kitchen does not cause discomfort, e.g. From strong draughts;
• Provide enough air for complete combustion at fired appliances, and prevent the risk of carbon monoxide accumulating;
• Be easy to clean, avoiding build-up of fat residues and blocked air inlets, which lead to loss of efficiency and increased risk of fire;
• Be quiet and vibration free.
Contact us any time and we will be happy to answer any of your queries on how to maintain the cleanliness of your extract ventilation system.
Essex Ventilation Hygiene Specialists
11-17 Fowler Road, Unit 14a Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park
Illford, Essex, IG6 3UJ
Telephone: 07535 828 700