Airmec Essential Service’s was among the first firms to be approved by the industry Ventilation Hygiene Elite (VHE) scheme. In June 2023 VHE was revised and it now takes the form of the Building Engineering Services Association’s Vent Hygiene Register (VHR).
We are approved VHR contractors.
This means our customers – and their insurers – continue to have complete assurance of the standards we achieve when cleaning ventilation systems to recognised TR19® standards.
The BESA VHR scheme has established a robust process to verify the quality of cleaning – particularly of grease extract systems used by commercial kitchens. It was introduced in response to growing awareness among building owners, operators and insurers of the fire risks posed by poorly cleaned and maintained systems.
VHR approval is not easily won, and it provides reassurance that personnel employed in cleaning activities have the appropriate skills and experience and that training and technical competency records audited on an ongoing basis.
Developed for the industry by the industry, the VHR scheme requires that firms are comprehensibly-insured, and allows them to self-certify their specialist hygiene works, providing customers with easily accessible evidence of a fully-compliant clean to the required industry TR19 guide to Good Practice and the recently published separate specification for kitchen extract systems TR19 Grease. Both standards are developed and maintained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).
Updates to TR19 have aligned it with BS EN 15780:2011 which clearly defines vital goals and measurements for cleanliness of ventilation systems in buildings and recognises that different room uses require different standards.
Naturally, Airmec engineers meet both the TR19 and British Standards.
Reviewed June 2023