TR19 regulations outline methods and best practices for cleaning commercial ventilation. They help prevent risk and ensure the safety of your customers and employees.
These standards are there to be met and kept, to allow the users to be safe but also to ensure that the cleaning is done in a safe manner, using the appropriate chemicals. They allow the cleaning of your ventilation systems to be defined, measurable and conducted in a way that allows you to verify that.
The TR19 Grease Specifications are the guidelines to follow specifically to prevent fire hazard risk, associated with grease accumulation in kitchen ventilation, published in July 2019. They give more in-depth information in the aim to improve compliance standards in relation to kitchen ventilation fire safety.
The TR19 standards were put in place by the Building Engineering Services Association. (BESA)
The BESA had originally put the TR19 standards in place in 2005 by updating the TR17 guidelines which were in effect from 1998. It was again updated in 2014 to reflect changes in European standards BS EN 15780:2011 and later again, introducing a testing protocol and test equipment specification, separation of new duct systems from existing systems and introduction of the RRFSO.
Now, why it is important that your ventilation cleaning provider is compliant with these standards goes without saying. In a fast paced world where a simple mistake can quickly turn into a disaster situation, we need to make sure we look at all risks and eventualities and act accordingly.
The TR19 standards are the best guidelines to follow by specifiers, contractors and building legislators to ensure your ventilation systems are well maintained and that the airflow is optimised throughout the building. There is an increased awareness of the dangers of air pollution and its impact on building occupants in the most recent updates. The procedures involved will also help you, as the manager of the facilities, to secure your insurance cover for the premises.
Secondly, the TR19 standards and more specifically TR19 Grease are there to protect you and your employees from the unexpected fire hazard risk involved with grease build up in your non-domestic kitchen ventilation systems. The frequency in which you will need your ventilation cleaning renewed will depend on how much grease is produced and for how long on a daily basis, with a maximum of 6 months interval between an inspection in all cases.
If you are not familiar with TR19 standards or your cleaning provider has not mentioned them to you, you may well be facing a void of your insurance cover in the case of a fire linked to the state of the ventilation system. So although it is not a legal requirement, it is highly advised to make sure you are compliant at all times.
Here at Ten Three Cleaning, we have years of experience in the sector and are able to provide with an affordable service that complies with these standards, at only a phone call away.