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TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection
Integrated Compliance has a specialist division that carry out TM44 inspections, we are regularly asked about what is involved and importantly, are they required? So, why is there a need for TM44 inspections for your air conditioning system? Read on to find out more.
Inspection, maintenance and cleaning programmes maintain the ability of the air conditioning system to provide healthy and comfortable environments for building occupants, limiting the escape of refrigerant and ensuring the safety of equipment. Building owners and managers who control air conditioning systems have statutory obligations and duties of care in the operation and maintenance of air conditioning systems.
When would a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection be required?
Current legislation states that all air conditioning systems with a cooling output of more than 12 kw should be regularly inspected by an accredited TM44 energy assessor, however, each inspection is only required every five years after the installation.
The TM44 Inspection Report
A TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection would include:
- A review of the air conditioning systems, and their controls
- Examination of all documentation and advice on recommended requirements
- An estimation of whether systems are suitably sized for cooling loads in treated spaces
- Advice on any improvement recommendations which might involve simple low cost no cost solutions or replacement and alternative options.
The purpose of the inspection and the resulting report are to ensure that building owners or managers are provided with basic information that gives an indication of the likely efficiency of the air conditioning systems that they control, together with some initial advice on how energy efficiency or effectiveness of these systems might be improved.
How do I control the risks from legionella in my water system?
The key point is to design, maintain and operate your water services under conditions that will either prevent or adequately control the risk from legionella bacteria. It is important that you either have, or have access to, competent help to fulfil these obligations.
If you identify a risk that you are unable to prevent, you must introduce appropriate controls. You should introduce a course of action that will help you to control any risks from legionella by describing:
- your system and its component parts eg developing a schematic diagram
- who is responsible for carrying out the assessment and managing its implementation
- the safe and correct operation of your system
- what control methods and other precautions you will be using
- what checks will be carried out to ensure risks are being managed and how often
You should where appropriate:
- ensure that the release of water spray is properly controlled
- avoid water temperatures and conditions that favour the growth of legionella and other micro-organisms
- ensure water cannot stagnate anywhere in the system by keeping pipe lengths as short as possible or by removing redundant pipe work
- avoid materials that encourage the growth of legionella (The Water Fittings & Materials Directory references fittings, materials, and appliances approved for use on the UK Water Supply System by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme)
- keep the system and the water in it clean
- treat water to either control the growth of legionella (and other microorganisms) or limit their ability to grow.