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Swiftclean welcomes changes to ventilation doc

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Gary Nicholls, the managing director of ductwork cleaning expert Swiftclean, has welcomed the coming changes to the B&ES Association document TR/19 ‘Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems’ TR/19, which bring it into line with British Standard 15780 and European Normalisation.

He commented: “These changes will close the gap between BS:15780 – to which Swiftclean operatives have been trained for some time – and the old TR/19, which was a one-size-fits-all approach in an industry where that wasn’t always appropriate.

“Before the changes there was just one standard to fit all ventilation systems from a store room to an operating theatre, which clearly makes little practical sense. Happily, TR/19 will embrace the ethos of system quality classification of high, medium or low standard, as appropriate to the use of the ductwork system.

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“It also stresses the need for cleanliness in new buildings and refurbishment projects. It is essential to start the life of the ductwork with a scrupulously clean system so that you can maintain it at the intervals advised for each system.”

With BSEN:15780 and TR/19 soon all in sync, it should be easier for responsible persons in building to understand their responsibilities, Swiftclean believes.

M&E contractors, facilities managers and maintenance experts like Swiftclean should all be able to adopt the same approach for each application in the future; agreeing a strategy for on-going appropriate maintenance which will keep the ductwork system clean, safe and fit for purpose.

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