Duct cleaning specialist launches risk assessment service


Findings will be submitted in a written report

Specialist duct cleaning company Ductbusters has launched a risk assessment service, which will enable facilities managers in hospitals and healthcare facilities to plan for cleaning programmes when setting budgets.

The Halesowen, West Midlands, UK-based company says regular duct cleaning is essential to stop debris and dust in pipework from acting as a breeding ground for insects, vermin and potentially harmful infectious diseases such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

A site visit from one of Ductbusters’ surveyors will ascertain the internal conditions within any ventilation system, measuring dust levels, microbiological content, temperature, humidity and CO2.

The findings will be submitted in a written report, detailing areas of priority and advising on the scale and scope of treatment, along with suggested remedial action. This can then be referred to for the purposes of budget or planning meetings.

The Health and Safety at Work Act says that ventilation systems must be regularly inspected and findings recorded. Risk assessments can therefore be important in obtaining funding for a cleaning programme or investigating complaints over indoor air quality.

Ian Wall, sales director at Ductbusters, says: "We have always provided risk assessment on request and we have seen demand for this grow over recent years as organisations look to plan cleaning operations in light of budget restrictions. We have taken the decision to launch it formally and offer risk assessment as a separate, additional service."

Ductbusters specialises in duct cleaning, ductwork repairs, fire damper drop testing, risk assessment and theatre deep cleaning for the public and private sectors.