In recent weeks, System Hygienics, who specialise in ductwork, fire damper testing, ventilation and riser cleaning, have found that a staggering 80% of their work is coming from NHS Hospitals; both permanent and the new temporary Nightingale hospitals. The team have been working around the clock to ensure that the ventilation ducts have been decontaminated and disinfected to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.
When you think of Key Workers, many occupations come to mind – such a Nurses, Doctors, Delivery Drivers etc. However, engineers for ventilation and duct-work cleaning is perhaps an occupation that doesn't spring to mind – but the reality is that the team at System Hygienics are playing a vital role in this current climate. Hygiene is paramount in hospitals and although the NHS cleaning staff are doing everything they can to ensure the wards and operating theatres are clean – there are some areas which require expertly cleaning such as ventilation systems.
An airborne virus like COVID-19 has the potential to enter a ventilation system, which can rapidly spread through to connected wards, leaving people open to contracting the disease. The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has stated in their COVID-19 and Air Conditioning Systems advice note that: "Any airborne contaminants can be minimised, if not eliminated, by proper and effective filtration and regular cleaning and maintenance of ventilation systems".
To disinfect the systems, System Hygienics use what is called 'fogging', which is a disinfection service using a purogene solution. This ensures that the virus is suppressed so it can't reproduce within the ventilation. Their team is made up of 57 staff members nationwide, each of which are an incredibly important asset to the company. System Hygienics Owner and Managing Director, Mark Poultney, would like to give special thanks and recognition to the engineers who are currently risking their health each day to assist the NHS, with 2-3 of them working on a hospital at a time.
They have either conducted or are currently working at hospitals across the UK. This includes Rugby St Cross, Walsgrave Hospital, Royal Free London, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Shaw Healthcare, Spire Hospitals, Furness General, Scarborough Hospital, Medway Maritime, Brighton 3T’s, Altrincham Hospital, Trafford General, Oldham Hospital and Macclesfield Hospital. All of which have seen an array of services, from Duct Cleaning critical systems to Fire Damper Testing, Disinfection and Remedial Works.
The opportunity for System Hygienics to play such a major role at this challenging time is one they certainly jumped at the chance of fulfilling. When asked what this opportunity means to the company, Mark said: "Whilst the country is undergoing the most challenging of times, the chance to help our NHS and contribute to saving lives has given us as a company, a real sense of purpose. We feel incredibly humbled to enable the NHS to continue their services and give them the assurance they need. I am so very proud of our team. It's a difficult time for all, so the fact they are putting themselves at risk to help others is phenomenal."
To find out more information on System Hygienics, you can visit their website here.