Ventilation, fire dampers and and fit-for-purpose testing

NAADUK is ticking all the boxes in ventilation hygiene inspection following the launch of an SCQF Level 5 Ventilation Hygiene Certificate, believed to be the first in the UK. Here HVR shines a


he National Association of Air Duct Specialists UK (NAADUK) is an association for qualified ventilation ductwork maintenance technicians trained in kitchen extract, ductwork cleaning and fire & smoke damper inspecting and testing. Its objective is to improve industry standards in ventilation hygiene and facilitate inter communications between the group. This year NAADUK along with independent auditors Paddeco and AEME (CITB NI and UK CITB approved training centre) launched the SCQF Level 5 Ventilation Hygiene Certificate. Based on National Occupational Standards (NOS)

for the ventilation industry, working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to create a customised award which is also credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), the certificate guarantees the highest possible standards of competence and compliance. At the launch Joe Lloyd, chief executive of Paddeco

explained: “The ventilation hygiene industry is growing quickly, and, rightly so, there is ever more emphasis on indoor air quality (IAQ) and the cleaning of ventilation systems, a requirement under The Building Regulations, approved document “F” Means of Ventilation. He added: “Although there have been a number

of short courses available to the sector, introducing the practices of cleaning systems, they have fallen far too short of the assessment requirements of the BSEHV11, the NOS for cleaning industrial ventilation

Students under instruction

spotlight on the trade body, its recent achievements and the thorny subject of training and standards for industry inspectors

systems, and several other relevant NOS.” The recent statement issued by the Construction

Leadership Council, following the recommendations from the Grenfell inquiry, will mandate operatives to hold a minimum of a Level 2 qualification within their job role. This certificate will help them bridge that gap, considering there is currently no Level 2 (SCQF Level 5) qualification available for the industry. Peter Reid, president of the NAADUK added: “This

Ventilation Hygiene Certificate allows our industry’s operatives to have their skills and knowledge assessed against the industry’s NOS, helping to create a platform, to then follow an upskilling programme, within the ventilation sector.” He concluded: “It provides each learner with

a fantastic opportunity to understand the new code of practice for our industry, NAAD21, and for them to be taught the principles and practices of ventilation hygiene, investigation surveys, testing, and post inspection reporting. This will increase their knowledge of the principles, equipment, and components within a ventilation system. They will also be introduced to the process of decommissioning and the installation of components, within a ventilation system, opening the door to possible maintenance roles within the sector.” Mr Reid also warned against the proliferation of courses which have come to light in the wake of the Grenfell disaster which he believed to be “a drain on the industry” as they lacked proven technical content,

Fire damper maintenance underway

8 August 2021

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