Service information

Enviroflo prides itself on its unique approach to water treatment service. A rapid response is matched by both on site and laboratory analysis using staff with an expert understanding of water systems.

Our legionella compliance service covers initial audit, risk assessment, bespoke written schemes and is followed up with a well defined control system and a cost effective monitoring service.

Air hygiene

Good quality air is essential for our health and well being, so it is important that the places where we spend our time have an adequate supply of fresh air. Nowadays we spend around 80% of our time indoors and if the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is poor we can suffer from a number of health problems. Pollutants and contaminants in the atmosphere can cause symptoms and illnesses ranging from minor irritation of the eyes and nausea, to more serious problems such as liver disease and cancer.

Air quality

When enviroflo looks into indoor air quality in the workplace, the part played by the following elements will be paramount in our considerations:

* Air flow
* Air cleanliness and hygiene
* Temperature
* Humidity
* Working environment and furnishings
* Maintenance of air conditioning and ventilation equipment

Improvements in air quality are easily achieved by providing ventilation capable of removing contaminants and giving an adequate supply of fresh air and by regularly inspecting and maintaining HVAC systems. In addition carpets and soft furnishings should be regularly cleaned to remove excess dust.

enviroflo can undertake full system surveys to assess the risk of the above which can be a precursor to ‘Sick Building Syndrome’.

Sick building syndrome

Sick building syndrome occurs when people in a particular building or part of it feel their health is being affected by the building’s environment. Typically the occupants attribute their unwell feeling to poor Indoor Air Quality.

Despite a number of studies being carried out in this area, many of the causes of SBS remain unclear. However the following have been reported as contributing factors to SBS (acting in combination or supplementing other problems with humidity, temperature or lighting):

* Chemical contaminants from internal sources: mainly from adhesives, upholstery, carpeting, photocopiers, cleaning agents and pesticides, especially those that may emit formaldehyde. Tobacco smoke and fumes from ovens, fireplaces and unvented space heaters can also be sources.
* Chemical contaminants from external sources: from vehicle exhausts, other industrial sources, plumbing vents and building exhausts. Often this problem is due to poorly located air intake vents and windows which draw in the fumes.
* Biological contaminants: these include bacteria, viruses, moulds and pollen. These can breed in stagnant water that has built up in humidifiers and ducts. One indoor air bacterium, Legionella, has caused Legionnaire’s Disease. There are applicable guidelines (L8) for the control of this disease. It applies to many buildings, including hospitals and hotels where the use of hot and cold water can create a risk of legionellosis in baths, showers and other water outlets.
* Inadequate ventilation due to buildings becoming more airtight. In many cases a reduction in ventilation rates can affect the health and comfort of building occupants.

enviroflo have the complex equipment and the technical skills to establish all potential causes of Sick Building Syndrome, or similar issues, as well as the ability to prevent future occurrences.

Health and safety

Dust in the local atmosphere should be assessed for the purposes of meeting the applicable Health and Safety regulations. Both COSHH and HSWA can apply to airborne particulates.

Additionally, new and existing mechanical ventilation systems should be regularly and properly cleaned, tested and maintained to ensure that they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air.

This includes air conditioning systems, and the above guideline can be found in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) 1992 regulations.

Other air hygiene services

* Ductwork cleaning
* Kitchen Extract cleaning
* LEV testing
* Planned maintenance
* Bacteriological testing
* Light and sound testing
* System refurbishment
* Air tightness testing