The inspection of air handling units (supply & extract) and associated distribution ductwork is important to assess condition, compliance, hygienic status and system cleanliness. Each section of plant from fresh air inlet, frost coil, pre-filters, heater and chiller section, humidifiers and secondary filters through the distribution ducting to the terminal devices is surveyed.
Is Ventilation Plant & Ductwork Inspection required?
Yes:- The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 came into force in 1996. These regulations were accompanied by an Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L24) which has been updated and L24 (Second edition) was published in 2013 - Regulation 6 covers Ventilation:
“52. Mechanical ventilation systems (including air-conditioning systems) should be regularly and adequately cleaned. They should also be properly tested and maintained to ensure that they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air.”
What is involved?
Our service covers:
- Visual Inspection of the condition of plant, ducted systems and associated accessible system components using digital photography.
- System Sampling and Testing which may include measured levels of any system contamination using a method approved by BS EN 15780:2011 Ventilation for Buildings Ductwork Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems if appropriate (normally only at our surveyor’s discretion or client requirement).
- Microbial Sampling may be carried out within various sections of the air handling plant and ducting which will assist in determining the levels of cleanliness in each system.
- All results presented graphically and compared against industry and healthcare standards which will help highlight and quantify the extent of any contamination.
How often does it need to be done?
Normally ventilation plant inspections will be carried out as part of an annual risk assessment or verification. In some cases an inpsection may nbe necessary when significant system remedial works or extenisve cleaning has been undertaken an inspection would be part of the routine maintenance procedure for bringing plant safely back into service.
How can AirisQ help with Ventilation System Inspection?
Our experienced team of highly trained and industry qualified surveyors, assessor and engineers can provide the required on-site service and equipment to carry out the inspection. Then they will produce a documentary report and any accompanying evidence necessary to show your ventilation plant is meeting the required industry standards. .
Benefits of using AirisQ for your Ventilation Plant and Ductwork Inspection
- Ensure compliance and current guidance is being met by having regular inspections
- Independent assessments provide auditable reports ensuring that operational efficiency, maintenance standards, safety and quality are being achieved
- Demonstrate to facility users that conditions are favourable for safe and continued use of workplace environment