Kitchen Extract Cleaning
The Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 stipulate that mechanical ventilation systems must be maintained (including cleaned as appropriate) in efficient working order.
Since the introduction of Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 , the onus has been put on the responsible person within an organisation to carry out their own fire risk assessment. The responsible person must carry out this risk assement to the RC44 standard (Recommendations for fire risk assessment of catering extract ventilation)
Failure to carry out regular maintenance and cleaning of a kitchen extract system and ducting is likely to be seen as a contravention of the above.
Most insurance companies have further clarified this by including special provisions and stipulations regarding duct cleaning in their policies.
The industry accepted benchmark for the internal cleanliness of ventilation systems is the B&ES (formerly HVCA) document TR-19.
The UK's representative trade body, the Heating & Ventilating Contractors' Association (B&ES), has created an industry specification, TR-19, which recommends cleaning frequencies for grease extract systems in accordance with catering usage:
|Heavy use of cooking equipment||12-16 hrs per day||3 monthly frequency|
|Moderate user of cooking equipment||6-12 hrs per day||6 month frequency|
|Light use of cooking equipment||2-6 hrs per day||12 monthly frequency|
All our deep cleaning services are carried out in accordance with TR19. This specification is recognised by all the UK’s leading Insurance companies.
Fabvent will use a combination of hand scraping, wiping and chemical treatment techniques, starting work in the canopy void (area behind the filters) and working away from this area towards the riser, fan and exhaust.
A post clean report will be provided to you that will include;
• “Before cleaning” and “after cleaning” photographs,
• Advice about any sections of the system that require special access and/or remain un-cleaned,
• A schematic Drawing of the Canopy Extract system
• A certificate for the works completed.
General Duct Cleaning
The Approved Code of Practice & Guidance to the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations states that mechanical ventilation systems including air conditioning systems, should be regularly & properly inspected, cleaned, tested & maintained to ensure that they are kept clean & free of anything which may contaminate working & living areas.
The task of managing & maintaining existing HVAC systems is one that is sometimes neglected.
System complexity combined with legal requirements serves to make the task more onerous. In many cases, the inspection/cleaning of duct systems is left until the accumulation of lint & extraneous matter is such that it causes deterioration of system performance & becomes a fire hazard (Laundry & General Exhaust systems).
Fabvent seek to relieve the pressures on our clients by taking ownership for all aspects of HVAC system management. Through regular maintenance, inspection & cleaning of existing systems, we aim to provide a cost effective & reassuring service to our clients