Swiftclean has contributed to a newly published specification from The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) which outlines specific requirements on the fire risk management of grease accumulation within kitchen extract systems. This has been issued by BESA and is essentially a complete revision of section 7 from the previous TR19 second edition, a guide to good practice on the hygiene and maintenance of ventilation systems.
Swiftclean’s managing director, Gary Nicholls (pictured), served as a member of BESA’s TR19 grease experts panel, which was instrumental, alongside other industry stakeholders, in drafting the new specification.
He said: “The minimal additional charge will help to create a robust record of essential fire safety cleaning carried out, and subsequent compliance auditing, through BESCA and the VHE. This is an excellent new safeguard for our customers, particularly for responsible persons, as it will give them an even clearer audit trail with which to demonstrate to insurers or, in the event of a fire, to investigating authorities, that they have done all that they can to comply with their legal obligations. It is our hope that this will also help to raise awareness of the critical need for compliance and raise the bar of quality in our industry. Unfortunately, the lack of compliance in the past by contractors in our sector has resulted in the frequent occurrence of commercial kitchen extract duct fires, and also in commercial caterers finding themselves uninsured, or at risk of being found non-compliant with fire safety risk mitigation legislation. Even though this new certification scheme will add a very small cost for our customers, we welcome this initiative with enthusiasm. A few extra pounds per clean is really a very small price to pay for peace of mind and business continuity.”