"Global burden of disease data suggests that lack of clean air is the third leading cause of death in the world after high blood pressure and smoking"
Dr Nick Hopkinson, Consultant Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Hospital
It is astonishing to think that in the 21st Century we seem to be losing the battle to clean up the air that we breathe. Past generations assumed the great smogs of the 50s and 60s were things of the past, but yet today we find that air pollution is one of the biggest threats to our health and – particularly shaming – to the health of our children.
New figures from the World Health Organisation make shocking reading.
Biological pollutants can cause coughing, sneezing, dizziness, shortness of breath and even fevers; while excess chemicals in the air can lead to serious respiratory problems and lung disease. They also exacerbate existing heart conditions.
If a child loses lung capacity as a result of living or playing close to a major road – they will never get that capacity back again with serious consequences for their health in later life too.
Earlier this year, British Lung Foundation chief executive Dr Penny Woods said air pollution was now a full-blown “public health crisis”.
There are few more serious issues out there, but cleaning up the air is proving a seemingly intractable political problem and the government has admitted that the UK will remain in breach of its obligations under EU clean air regulations until at least 2025 – but leaving the EU will not get it off the hook.
Our government lost two court cases over its plans to tackle the key pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and was ordered by the High Court to publish a draft new clean air plan to tackle NO2 by 31 July 2017.
The ventilation hygiene industry and the wider building services industry has a huge role to play in this crisis.
The more alarming pollution becomes outside, the more desirable and valuable it is for buildings to be turned into ‘safe havens’ that protect their occupants from the worst effects inside. We do, after all, spend up to 90% of our time inside – and by addressing the ventilation solutions available it is possible to create indoor ‘clean air zones’.
We are all familiar with the principle of controlling temperature inside buildings to improve comfort and health. When it is too hot or cold outside, people expect to be able to step into comfortable conditions inside. The same principle should apply to air pollution – with people expecting a similar protection from outside conditions. Unfortunately, in many buildings, the opposite is the case with indoor conditions having a very negative impact on human health.
Our experienced and specialist team understand the components that make up your ventilation system. We can identify existing or potential fire hazards and/or any defects within the ventilation system. Our comprehensive ventilation cleaning service ensures the ventilation system is thoroughly cleaned; from the supply system right through to the fresh air intake, mixing area and supply diffusers. All work is undertaken in accordance with the standards laid out by the BESA TR19 and British Standards BSEN 15780.
The University have worked with Perfect Service Solutions (PSS) since 2009. They have undertaken the deep cleaning of all University catering ourlet extract systems, canopies and ductwork including wet film thickness testing. They are flexible in their approach and accommodate changes as necessary. PSS offer a good overall professional service with dedicated and knowledgeable staff and based upon my experience of working with PSS over the years, I would be happy to recommend PSS for similar types of contracts/works. We receive good customer service from PSS at a reasonable cost.
Senior Maintenance Manager - University
Perfect Service Solutions carry out kitchen canopy cleans and service, maintain and repair kitchen extract equipment in over 40 of our sites. Most of our sites are schools and it can be quite difficult to arrange suitable access for repairs, however the need for flexibility is continually met by PSS. They seem to be able to re-organise their workload to accommodate our needs when any emergencies arise. They are very knowledgeable and I feel we can rely on them to inform us of any non-compliance issues, which they’ve done on more than one occasion. We’re confident that we are meeting all of our compliance obligations with the assistance of PSS and the quality of the overall service provided is good from placing orders, planning the work, execution of works and invoicing. We receive very good value for money and have no complaints with the quality of service. In fact PSS focus on providing excellent for their customers. and are always helpful in finding resolutions to our problems.
M & E Maintenance Officer - Local Authority
I allocated Perfect Service Solutions 3 stores of my stores in order to check the quality of their workmanship, invoicing etc. They now service all 7 of my restaurants and I found them much better than my previous supplier. They brought issues to our attention and worked with us to address those concern, ensuring we were compliant with frequency of cleans etc. Not only are they flexible and value for money but they are transparent, progressive and are determined to deliver both a great service and product.
Franchise Owner - Fast Food Restaurant Chain
In my 10 years of working and dealing with contractors in the cleaning industry, I have found Perfect Service Solutions to be by far, the most outstanding in their performance, professionalism and attention to detail.
Before I engaged the services of PSS to deep clean our kitchens, I had three different companies clean the kitchen but the client was never satisfied for various reasons. But when I engaged the services of PSS, the client scored them 10/10 for service excellence and satisfaction! They are by far my preferred cleaning provider for the kitchens and I recommend them very highly to anyone interested in a professional kitchen deep clean as they truly live up to their name – Perfect Service Solutions!!
Soft Services Manager - International Facilities Management Company
I have used Perfect Service Solutions for a number of years now and have always found the service and the costs to be of the best competitive price and the standard of work to always be above and beyond.
Contracts Manager - Large Facilities Management Company
"The three staff that came to fit the fan were extremely courteous, friendly and professional and it was clear to see that they took pride in their work and cleared up after themselves."
Head Chef - Independent Hotel Group