The provision of pleasant surroundings with adequate fresh air is a basic requirement and working conditions that fall within statutory levels of noise, light, thermal comfort and the requirements of COSHH (Control of substances hazardous to Health). This includes the control of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, humidity & temperature.
Maintaining and improving air quality and hygiene is essential for buildings where people live and work. In artificial environments; where air temperature and flow is controlled via heating and ventilation systems, air handling and air conditioning units; bacteria, unwanted particles and allergens can be a problem, affecting the efficiency and safe running of plant, while causing health issues for building occupants known as ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ (SBS).
A detailed survey of the clear majority of air conditioning and ventilation duct-work will reveal some degree of dirt on air contact surfaces. In severe cases, contamination may be so great that it becomes a threat to the health of the building occupants. Heavy accumulation of deposits in duct-work is unacceptable and should initiate decontamination of air supply of extract systems.
The key to any indoor air quality problem is prevention, and with the health of so many employees at stake, increased absenteeism and potential substantial losses, employers are finding it cost effective to ensure that indoor air quality and employee health is kept at a premium.
Poorly maintained ducted air supply and extraction can result in:
Reduced air flow and plant life due to the build-up of contamination
Build-up of dust leading to failure of sensitive equipment
Increase in cleaning and redecoration costs due to dust staining
Loss of efficiency with associated increases in running costs
The presence of fungal and microbiological contamination which can result in increased absenteeism and a reduction in well-being within the building
A monitoring programme should be put in place designed to inspect, analyse and evaluate a building’s air handling system on a regular basis. Proactive monitoring ensures that building owners and managers can prevent problems, thereby enhancing staff performance and minimising maintenance costs. anker Elemental are proud to carry out this work.
anker Elemental’s air hygiene team and partners are qualified to all relevant standards and assist our clients in preventing the above by performing:
Indoor Air Quality monitoring – trend monitoring for the build-up of gases, fungal and microbiological activity
Duct-work cleaning – to remove accumulated build-up of contaminants that can affect the efficiency of the system and well-being of the buildings users
Kitchen extract cleaning – routine cleaning of grease extracts to ensure correct operation and to minimize fire risk
Local Exhaust ventilation monitoring – to ensure LEV are operating at the desired level
Fire damper testing