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School kitchens ready for the rigours of the academic year, thanks to Swiftclean
Swiftclean Building Services has been engaged by Bootham School, in York, to oversee kitchen extract fire safety cleaning in its Junior and Primary school kitchens.
The safety of children should always be the top priority and kitchen extract fire safety cleaning has become even more important for schools, following the changes to Key Stage 1 lunchtime provision. Swiftclean was awarded the contract for regular cleaning for the highly respected independent school, because of the company's excellent reputation, good service and competitive price.
Bootham School servicing manager, Sue McDonough, says: "We have been very pleased with the service and price from Swiftclean Building Services. We will continue to use them for as long as the service remains.
The contractor has been asked to quote for other services in the school too, such as ventilation hygiene in the swimming pool area and work on the air handling units. This is further evidence that Bootham School has been happy with the level of service received.
With minimal disruption, Swiftclean's technicians completed the work during the school holidays, addressing any complications as they arose and ensuring that the school's kitchen extractors were ready for the rigours of the new academic year.
The contractor will continue to clean the kitchen extractor systems in both the Junior and Senior school buildings, according to how heavily they are used. In the case of Bootham Junior School, due to lower levels of demand, this will be once a year. This maintenance will ensure that both kitchens remain TR/19 compliant in line with the Building & Engineering Services Association Guide to good practice, 'Internal Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems', and the students remain safe from kitchen extract fire risk.
Forensic investigators report that around 25% of serious fires in commercial kitchens are made worse by the presence of accumulated fat, oil and grease in kitchen extract ductwork. Thanks to Swiftclean Building Services, Bootham School's kitchens will no longer offer an increased risk of fire and students and staff alike are safer as a result.
Swiftclean is a family owned, nationwide business headquartered near Southend on Sea, Essex. It specialises in air and water hygiene compliance with a particular emphasis on ventilation ducts, kitchen grease fire safety cleaning and domestic water systems.
Co-founded over 30 years ago by Gary Nicholls, Swiftclean is well respected in the industry and Gary has taken a leading role in the B&ES, driving forward industry standards while being engaged on numerous occasions as an expert witness. He has been an integral member of the Steering Committee that recently unveiled changes to the B&ES Association's TR/19 guidance document: Internal Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems.
The company supplies kitchen fire safety, air and water hygiene solutions to the likes of BHS, SSP, Chelsea FC, Associated British Foods, many NHS Hospitals, schools and numerous social housing landlords. The company has the following accreditations/memberships: B&ES, the Building Services Research & Information Association, Legionella Control Association, Construction Line, the Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme, ISO9001, ISO14001 & OHSAS18001.
27th November 2014