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TR19 Compliance

Why are the TR19 Guidelines Important?

The accumulation of grease within extraction systems and ducting 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.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order 2005) and equivalent national cleaning legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, a requirement is placed on the ‘responsible person’ (owner, occupier or person with control) to make sure action is taken to prevent fires, which includes a ‘suitable and sufficient’ Fire Risk Assessment. Due to the high risk of potential fire, kitchen extraction systems warrant very close attention and best practise set out in BESA’s TR19 guidelines should inform this assessment, to help ensure that the extraction system in your commercial kitchen remains safe at all times.

Additionally, many insurance policies contain conditions relating to cleaning regimes kitchen extraction systems and if a fire occurs which is shown to be associated with inadequate cleaning of ductwork,  then it could jeopardise your right to indemnity for loss or damage.

Demonstrating that your premises are fully compliant with TR19 can lead to lower insurance premiums and ensures your premises are safe for staff and customers. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your business is TR19 compliant and safe, and our experts can help to put these in place.


“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, 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 build-up 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.”

Building Engineering Services Association - 2019

How Can We Help You Be TR19 Compliant?

5 Star Cleaning Services LTD meets BESA’s criteria and provide TR19 compliant, professional ventilation and kitchen extract ductwork deep cleaning for your kitchen ventilation system, along with a detailed post-clean 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 process completed by BESA and that we are subject to further auditing to maintain our membership.

⦁ As members of the Ventilation Hygiene Elite Scheme, we have access to the BESCA portal, so that our reports can be registered and audited. This also ensures that we provide a Hygiene Certificate with each clean.

⦁ A comprehensive TR19 compliant report with recommendations, post-clean photographs and grease measurements as well as a suggested cleaning frequency using BESA’s accumulation assessment table is provided. 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 grade above the minimum of Grease Hygiene Operative, and hold in date qualifications.

Cleaning in Accordance with the TR19 Guidelines

In the updated document containing the TR19 guidelines, published June 2019, it states that a system must be cleaned to its entirety to be fully TR19 compliant. Whether the system has had a ‘FULL CLEAN’ or a ‘PARTIAL CLEAN’ will be stated on the Hygiene Certificate generated by the service provider in the BESCA portal. Our technicians insert access panels every 2m in accordance with the TR19 guidelines, although this may not always be suitable. Therefore, Rentokil Specialist Hygiene has invested in remote brushing equipment to help ensure that we are able to clean systems to their entirety.

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