The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), which developed the industry’s primary standard for ventilation hygiene (TR19) almost 20 years ago, has now launched a suite of training courses to support the standard. This will be backed up by an accreditation scheme due for launch early this year.
Since it was first developed in 1998 by BESA, TR19 has been widely accepted by the building engineering services sector and British insurers as the standard to which ventilation systems should be cleaned. The guiding principle of TR19 is that a defined, measurable level of cleanliness should be achieved to improve safety and comfort in buildings.
It was updated and expanded 2 years’ ago to complement the British and European Standard BS EN 15780: ‘Ventilation for Buildings – Ductwork – Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems’, which highlights the important role ventilation hygiene plays in maintaining healthy indoor conditions for building occupants.
TR19 exceeds the requirements of the Standard in most respects and is said to be a more comprehensive vehicle for delivering a total ventilation hygiene solution. It also includes kitchen grease extract systems, which are not yet covered in BS15780.
The training scheme developed by BESA is designed to support TR19 and ensure high standards throughout the sector by promoting the high level of technical competence needed to ensure ventilation cleaning meets legal requirements.
The training is also designed to give clients the peace of mind that comes from employing a verifiably competent specialist ventilation hygiene contractor so they can keep their staff safe; satisfy the increasing demands of insurers; and protect their corporate reputation.
“Ventilation hygiene is an area of real strategic importance for BESA and the industry at large,” said the association’s technical director Tim Rook. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of the dedicated volunteers in our enthusiastic Ventilation Hygiene group, who were responsible for the creation of TR19 in the first place.
“The training courses and subsequent accreditation provided by BESA will allow properly professional ventilation hygiene firms to prove their competence and impress on clients the importance of having this work done to the highest standards.”