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Legionella testing

If lab results test positive for Legionella, the cost of remedial action can run into six figures.  Read our article here from Facilites Management.

Euro Ban gives time for a rethink

The recent Euro-ban on copper treatment to control Legionella provides a timely reminder to review due diligence on Legionella control.  The July 2013 edition of Modern Building Services looks at the issues raised.  Read the article here.

Clarity on Ductwork Cleanliness

The June 2013 edition of Facilities Management journal explores the latest duct cleaning standards.  Read our article here.

Copper Ban

A review of options for facility managers in the wake of the European Commission ban on the use of copper biocides is featured in the May 2013 edition of Facilities Management Journal.

Be Prepared for Legionella

The March 2013 edition of Health Estates Journal highlights the need for comprehensive risk assessments and accurate schematic diagrams of health estates in order to minimise both the risk and costs associated with control of Legionella. As is often the case the cost of prevention is far less than the cost of dealing with an outbreak. Click here to read the full article.

Airmec Wins with Welsh Authorities

Airmec adds value to local authority kitchen extract cleaning and monitoring services for Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan.  Read the article in the March edition of FM World.


Risk Assessments critical to Spa safety

Leisure centres with spa facilities are among the businesses being urged to do more to protect workers and members of the public from Legionella risks – yet few are aware of the standards of care that are required. This has become apparent since air and water treatment company Airmec has been contacting spas, gyms and hospitals about the latest HSE guidance on the subject.

Read an article featured in Water and Wastewater Treatment (PDF)

In September 2012 the Health and Safety Executive issued a safety notice targeting companies and organisations that use hot and cold water systems for bathing and washing or in manufacturing processes. This follows a review of a decade’s worth of data identifying the most common causes of significant Legionella outbreaks, and it follows the publication of a separate notice in July aimed at companies with cooling towers and evaporative condensers.

The latest notice stresses the need for measures to be in place to control identified Legionella risks and that these are reviewed regularly. For spas, it can mean the need to check water quality as regularly as every two hours. Few operators are aware of this, even though they do have a legal responsibility to ensure they're doing all they can to protect workers and the public.

Where risks have been properly identified and control measures are in place, there may be no need for changes in processes, says Andrew Steel, managing director of Airmec. "However we often find that risk assessments are inadequate and, in the light of this increased focus from HSE, now would be a good time for spa operators to review their processes."

The safety notice Management of the risks from Legionella in water systems can be read in full at:

Maintenance and staged improvements pay dividends at Cardiff concert venue

Airmec's added value philosophy to business has found success at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, where we now provide services to manage the quality and compliance aspects of the essential Air and Water services throughout the facility.

An article detailing this collaborative approach has been featured in the December 2012 issue of Modern Building Services.

New Duct Cleaning Standard featured in Heating and Ventilation review

A review of the new Duct Cleanliness Standard BS EN 15780:2011 has been featured in the October 2012 Heating and Ventilation Review Journal. The standard provides clarification and objective standards to enable managers of facilities to ensure they are complying with current best practice in the industry.

Investment heralds new era for Airmec

We are delighted to announce that on 30 November 2011 Airmec became part of the Essential Services and Solutions Group. This new major investment in the Airmec business signals the start of an exciting strategy of growth for the company. To help drive the business forwards Airmec senior executives Peter Bowle and Steve Ward are joined on the management team by Andrew Steel and Mat Bhagrath.

Andrew Steel is an experienced industrialist and business leader with significant experience in the air and process treatment sectors. Andrew joins Airmec as Managing Director. Mat Bhagrath brings many years of strategic and commercial finance knowledge to the board. Mat joins Airmec as a Non Executive Director, and will play a key role in financial and business development areas.