System Hygienics has been awarded a three-year contract to perform annual fire damper testing on ductwork at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.
Papworth Hospital is the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country’s main heart and lung transplant centre, treating more than 23,700 inpatient and day cases and 65,000 outpatients each year from across the UK.
System Hygienics has more than 15 years’ experience cleaning ductwork systems for NHS and private hospitals and has been working at Papworth Hospital on an ad-hoc basis for around five years.
Under the new contract the company will carry out annual fire damper testing to check on dust build-up within the ductwork and to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the BS9999:2008 Annex W.1, which covers the routine inspection and maintenance of ventilation ductwork and states that, depending on the type and style of dampers, they should be checked at a maximum interval of 12 months for spring-operated fire dampers and two years for other types.
System Hygienics uses its Jetvent powervac system, a remote cleaning method that employs compressed air and a powerful filtered vacuum, to access and clean areas that would normally be out of reach. By using this, the company’s engineers are able to reach up to 50m of ductwork from a single point, utilising existing maintenance and inspection openings – ideal for fast and effective cleaning.
To minimise disruption, System Hygienics works around staff and patient timetables at Papworth Hospital and worked on critical operating theatre ventilation systems while the theatres were not in use.
Graham Reedman, estates compliance manager at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “After carrying out fire damper testing and subsequent necessary remedial work on the hospital’s ductwork last year, we have awarded System Hygienics a three-year contract to perform annual fire damper testing. We will also continue to use the company for ad hoc services, such as kitchen extractor and air conditioning ductwork cleaning.