Prisons Ventilation Cleaning

Even in prison, the quality of air is essential for maintaining a comfortable, hygienic environment for staff and prisoners alike. In fact, the UN minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners state that all parts of an institution regularly used by prisoners must be kept scrupulously clean at all times. Ventilation cleaning in prisons should follow the standards for other types of sanitary cleaning such as that undertaken in commercial kitchens or hospitals to comply with duty of care.

Ventilation cleaning in large institutions like prisons can be costly, but there are a number of measures you can take to ensure that air quality remains optimal before you have to call in the professionals.

Make regular checks

Harmful germs can carry through the ventilation systems of large institutions, feeding on dried human skin flakes. Outside contaminants like pollen and spores, plus faecal material from insects can accumulate in vents – and micro-organisms take very little encouragement to grow and cause health problems.

Regular visual inspections of HVAC systems, particularly in areas where reduced airflow can create odours and potential fire risks like a large commercial kitchen, will help to highlight trouble spots. Pay particular attention to clogged filters and change if necessary. Logging and reporting will give you an understanding of the extent of any problems. Many insurers ask for a ‘certificate of cleanliness’ to comply with insurance regulations and at Ductbusters we’re happy to provide a free site survey.

Take preventative measures

Preventative maintenance is always preferable to reactive maintenance. It saves time and money, particularly when problems with equipment do occur and there is significant downtime and a fall in productivity, particularly where any machinery is concerned. The same is true of ventilation maintenance. Use the highest efficiency filters possible and institute a proper regime of checking and replacing at regular intervals. Perform routine maintenance on HVAC systems and ensure that any air intakes are kept clear of contamination.

Ductbusters offer a complete fire risk assessment service to ensure you are compliant with HVCA TR19, CIBSE TM26 and HTM 03-1 guidelines.

Signs to look out for

Visual inspections may not be enough when it comes to knowing whether your ventilation ducts need cleaning. Dirt and dust clogged duct systems will impact on quality of air, and can result in inefficient air circulation that has cost implications in terms of health and energy use. Older ventilation systems will become increasingly inefficient as a build up of grime impacts on pumps and bearings, shortening the lifespan of your equipment. Checking utility bills is often a quick way to assess the efficiency and cleanliness of your ventilation system and HVAC equipment.

And once there’s grime in your ventilation system it has a knock on effect to keeping a building clean and hygienic, allowing the spread of harmful contaminants and allergens, insects and vermin. The impacts on a safe working environment and the comfort and safety of visitors is obvious.

When you need professional help

If you suspect you have a problem, it’s time to call in the professionals. Ductbusters offers a full range of services from duct cleaning and duct repair, filter replacement, risk assessments and fire testing to ensure your ventilation system has a clean bill of health and is fit for purpose. Clean air matters – even when you’re on the inside.


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