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TR19 Guidelines

TR19 is a set of best practice guidelines created by BESA (Building Engineers Society Association), as a way to standardise extract and duct cleaning. Originally introduced in 2005, BESA published a new document ‘Fire Risk Management of Grease Accumulation within Kitchen Extraction Systems’ in July 2019 with more detailed specifications and criteria that must be met by a service provider in order to provide a TR19 compliant kitchen ventilation cleaning, to help reduce the growing number of commercial kitchen fires:

“Commercial kitchens have grown in number over recent years and fires within premises involving commercial kitchen extract systems as either a source or contributing factor to the fire has focused the attention of insurers, property owners and landlords, to ensuring that kitchen extraction systems are correctly cleaned and maintained.

With this in mind TR19 Grease - Fire Risk Management of Grease Accumulation within Kitchen Extraction Systems, has been produced as a specification document in its own right for the first time in 2019. The risk of fire from the buildup of grease deposits in kitchen extract systems and the expectations of building occupiers and legislators, has resulted in an ever more stringent level of ventilation system cleanliness being required.”

BESA - 2019

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Why Is TR19 Important?

The accumulation of grease within kitchen extraction systems can diminish airflow and increase the risk of fire. TR19 is a recognised standard for measuring grease levels and identifying recommended cleaning frequencies, which are designed to reduce the risk of fire and are tailored to your system. Regularly clearing grease deposits can promote a good working environment by taking away heat from cooking to maintain a good supply of airflow and reduce the risk of kitchen fires.

Many insurers also use TR19 as a standard within their insurance policies. If your business does not maintain adherence to TR19, it could increase the risk of fire within your commercial kitchen and lead to higher insurance premiums. In the unfortunate event of kitchen fire, insurers may require evidence of compliance with the TR19 guidelines, as well as evidence that you have used a compliant service provider. If this cannot be provided your claim could become void. Valid evidence could be in the form of a TR19 compliant report created by your service provider after carrying out deep cleaning.


Is My Service Provider TR19 Compliant?

Due to the increase in commercial kitchen fires, BESA has detailed criteria that must be met by a service provider to carry out TR19 compliant cleaning of kitchen ventilation systems. This ensures that companies are providing a high enough standard of cleaning to help reduce the risk of kitchen fires.

You should ask your current service provider the following questions to determine if their service is TR19 compliant:

  • 1. Are you a BESA member?

  • 2. Do you provide a TR19 compliant post-clean report?

  • 3. Are you a part of the Ventilation Hygiene Elite scheme (or equivalent) and therefore have access to the BESCA (Building Engineering Services Competent Assessment) portal, so that reports can be uploaded and audited?

  • 4. Have all of the technicians carrying out the work completed BESA approved training to minimum Grease Hygiene Operative level and hold an in date qualification?

If the answer is NO to any of the above, your service provider may not be providing a TR19 compliant service.

How Can We Help You Be TR19 Compliant?

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene meet BESA’s criteria and provide TR19 compliant professional deep cleaning and/ or monitoring services for your kitchen ventilation system, along with a detailed TR19 compliant report with every service.

  • We are a current BESA member, which means that our business and the services we provide have passed an auditing processes completed by BESA, and that we are subject to further auditing to maintain our membership.

  • As part of the Ventilation Hygiene Elite scheme, we have access to the BESCA portal, so that our reports can be certified and audited.

  • A comprehensive TR19 compliant report, with pre-clean and post-clean photographs and grease measurements is provided after deep cleaning has taken place. A report with photographs and measurements is provided as part of our monitoring and inspection service.

  • The technicians carrying out our services have completed BESA approved training to become Grease Hygiene Technicians, a course designed for supervisory roles, and hold in date qualifications.

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