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Maintaining a safe & efficient system
Kitchen extract systems are hazardous due to the potential for the build-up of grease, enhancing the risk of fire. Flames and a high temperature within the ducts may ignite the grease, which can result in the rapid spread of fire. Our specialist team conduct regular cleaning and inspections of extract systems ensuring that the risk is significantly reduced. Integrated Compliance Services can help you maintain your kitchen ventilation system in line with current legislation and guidelines.
Kitchen Cleaning Service
ICS offer a full extraction system clean as specified in the Section 7 TR/19. Our main aim is to highlight issues that maybe found on site and ensure that our clients are fully aware of the implications of what is vital to preserve your kitchen extract system safely.
All sites that we manage are recorded through data capturing and evidenced with before and after pictures of works undertaken on site. This provides clients with a tangible document to use when dealing with insurers.
Our staff are qualified to the highest standards, providing a professional service. We strive to maintain regular contact, reviews, quality audits and a Service Level Agreement with all of our clients ensuring that we deliver the best in class, customer service experience.
On completion of works, we provide a written and photographic report, listing evidence that the fire risk has been dealt with. This report complies with current legislation and can also be used to show insurers that the terms of the fire insurance policy are being upheld appropriately.
We offer our clients the following services:
- Full kitchen canopy clean
- Removal & Clean of all filters
- Replace & fit filters
- Clean all associated ductwork (where accessible)
- Remove & clean system fan
- Access door installation (where required)
- Provide full report on site
- Provide Certification (Safety & Insurance Purposes)
- Aim to provide peace of mind the whole year round
As a landlord, what are my duties?
The legal duty for landlords who provide residential accommodation to consider, assess and control the risks of exposure to Legionella to their tenants is not new. This requirement stems from the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1989; Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 makes provision for the legislation to apply to landlords of both business and domestic premises. All water systems require an assessment of the risk which they can carry out themselves if they are competent, or employ somebody who is.
In most residential settings, a simple assessment may show that the risks are low and no further action may be necessary. (An example of a typical lower risk situation may be found in a small building (eg housing unit) with small domestic-type water systems, where daily water usage is inevitable and sufficient to turn over the entire system; where cold water is directly from a wholesome mains supply (no stored water tanks); where hot water is fed from instantaneous heaters or low volume water heaters (supplying outlets at 50 °C); and where the only outlets are toilets and wash hand basins). If the assessment shows the risks are low and are being properly managed, no further action is needed but it is important to review the assessment regularly in case anything changes in the system.
Simple control measures can help control the risk of exposure to legionella such as:
- flushing out the system prior to letting the property
- avoiding debris getting into the system (eg ensure the cold water tanks, where fitted, have a tight fitting lid)
- setting control parameters (eg setting the temperature of the calorifier to ensure water is stored at 60°C)
- make sure any redundant pipework identified is removed.
Tenants should be advised of any control measures put in place that should be maintained eg not to adjust the temperature setting of the calorifier, to regularly clean showerheads and to inform the landlord if the hot water is not heating properly or there are any other problems with the system so that appropriate action can be taken. If there are difficulties gaining access to occupied housing units, appropriate checks can be made by carrying out inspections of the water system, for example, when undertaking mandatory visits such as gas safety checks or routine maintenance visits.
Where showers are installed, these have the means of creating and dispersing water droplets which may be inhaled causing a foreseeable risk of exposure to legionella. However, if used regularly (as in the majority of most domestic settings) the risks are reduced but in any case, tenants should be advised to regularly clean and disinfect showerheads. Instantaneous electric showers pose less of a risk as they are generally coldwater-fed and heat only small volumes of water during operation.
It is important that water is not allowed to stagnate within the water system and so there should be careful management of dwellings that are vacant for extended periods (eg student accommodation left empty over the summer vacation). As a general principle, outlets on hot and cold water systems should be used at least once a week to maintain a degree of water flow and minimise the chances if stagnation. To manage the risks during non-occupancy, consideration should be given to implementing a suitable flushing regime or other measures such as draining the system if it is to remain vacant for long periods.find out more