Minimising fire risk, maximising hygiene and functionality are all good reasons to ensure your building’s ductwork is effectively maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. The new Loss Prevention Standard (LPS 2084) seeks to minimise fire risk from ducting.
In response to the issues caused by ineffective cleaning and maintenance, BRE Global has launched a new standard. LPS 2084 defines the LPCB requirements for the approval of companies carrying out inspection, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork systems that may be contaminated with combustible deposits. The standard was launched in May 2017, and there are already ten companies who have applied to join the scheme.

Using a company certified to LPS 2084 gives clients the assurance that the cleaning and maintenance of their ductwork systems has been carried out correctly. Certified companies with LPS 2084 have to:

– meet the requirements of the client contract

– document and report correctly

– identify and record areas of limited access where inspection, cleaning and maintenance are impractical and communicate these limitations to the client

– provide recommendations for access improvements to better facilitate the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the ductwork system.

Fire safety in ducting

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that a fire risk assessment is undertaken. This means that the building’s owner or workplace manager must nominate a responsible person to identify all possible sources of fire and eliminate, or at least minimise the risk, to the building’s occupants.

Regular kitchen extraction cleaning will remove one of the most common causes of fire within the kitchen. There is growing evidence that failure to clean the ductwork system by a competent ductwork cleaning company can result in fire insurance cover being withdrawn. Regular effective kitchen extraction cleaning is imperative to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants and reduce the risk of a fire caused by grease build-up in the extraction system. 
Regardless of the efficiency of the canopy filters, it is inevitable that grease deposits will build up over time in the kitchen extraction ductwork and canopy. For this reason, regular cleaning of the ductwork system is essential. If left, grease will become baked on and carbonised making it extremely difficult to remove, thus reducing the effectiveness of the extraction system, potentially shortening the life of the fan and creating a serious fire hazard that may propagate around the building in question.

LPS 2084 is of great importance in an industry with little regulation. Certified companies are audited by BRE Global on an ongoing, regular basis to ensure that the company continues to adhere to the requirements of the standard. The auditors check records and supporting documentation covering the contract itself, storage and handling of cleaning materials and their disposal, training, and so on.

Specifying LPCB approved products and services enables the responsible person to reduce risk by showing due-diligence in the selection of products and services that can be trusted to perform as specified.

LPCB’s new standard – ‘LPS 2084: Requirements for the approval of companies carrying out inspection, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork systems’ – can be viewed here.