Compliance – “Why it is important to maintain your HVAC Systems”

There are numerous Legislations and Guidance Notes available for General Managers, Maintenance, Facilities Managers and the like to keep abreast of to ensure they remain compliant with regard to their roles and responsibilities.

However, this can be somewhat of minefield of information to take onboard, understand and comprehend what is required.

Eurovent have many years of experience and knowledge in this field to alleviate the fears of the most discerning managers/owners.  We can work alongside you ensuring all aspects of your HVAC systems are covered with regard to Health & Safety.

Let us take the strain - What we can do for you:

  • Maintenance Programme - Provide and put in place a maintenance programme to ensure the systems are cleaned at appropriate intervals.
  • Certification - Provide Cleaning Certification for Health & Safety purposes thus meeting the needs of insurers.
  • Cleaning Report - Provide a cleaning report with photographic evidence before and after and also including an in depth analysis of any potential risks, design flaws whilst also providing recommendations to mitigate those risks.
  • Inspection & Testing - Provide experienced operatives to inspect and test systems using industry recognised testing methods and equipment such as Deposit Thickness Test (D.T.T) which can define whether your systems meet the recommended standards for cleanliness.

Legislation & Guidance

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 - Places a “duty of care” on employers stating – “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
  • TR19 Guide to Good Practice – Internal Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems – Provides guidance and standards to ensure that ventilation systems are properly maintained.  Adherence to the standards in TR/19 will provide detailed, recognised proof that the ventilation system in a building is safe and well maintained, which is vital for securing insurance policies.
  • DW144 – Provides guidance and standards on the specification for ductwork manufacture and installation and as such is recognised throughout the UK.
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation 1992 – States employers must maintain the workplace and any equipment required by the WHSW Regulations, including mechanical ventilation systems, in safe working order. Regular maintenance should be carried out, potentially dangerous defects should be remedied, and records should be maintained. (Regulation 5)
  • Approved Code of Practice – The above act are accompanied by an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) which gives guidance on how compliance with regulations can be achieved.  For instance:
    • ACOP 22 (A) – States “Regular maintenance (including, as necessary, inspection, testing, adjustment, lubrication and cleaning) should be carried out at suitable intervals.” Whilst;
    • ACOP 33 – States “Mechanical ventilation systems (including air conditioning systems) should be regularly and properly cleaned, tested and maintained to ensure they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air.”
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work 1999 – The main requirement for employers under this act is to “make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks to the Health and Safety of its employees to which they are exposed whilst at work and to the risks of Health & Safety to those not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking,”.
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – These regulations require employers to control substances that can harm workers' health.
Management of Health & Safety at Work 1999 – The main requirement for employers under this act is to “make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks to the Health and Safety of its employees to which they are exposed whilst at work and to the risks of Health & Safety to those not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking,”.