Private Hospital with Lots of Extras!

Do you think hospital air conditioning should be hygienic?

Recently one of our directors was admitted to one of the best private hospitals in the country with a respiratory / lung infection. To his complete disgust, whilst being transferred from the emergency department to the ward, he could not believe his eyes looking up at the ceiling and noticing the severely contaminated air conditioning system.

This is not acceptable in any hospital, let alone a private one.

Just another prime example, where the owners and managers of facilities are under the impression that their air conditioning HVAC Hygiene is being addressed under their current maintenance contract. It is time for owners and managers to take responsibility for the hygiene of their air conditioning systems.  Especially in a facility such as a hospital, where patients are often admitted with weakened immune systems and vulnerable to airborne contaminants.

How is it possible for hospital staff/management not to acknowledge the high levels of contamination clearly visible in this video, without addressing the issue immediately.

This clear level of contamination exposes staff, patients and hospital visitors to possible harmful airborne contaminants which can include Dirt, Dust, Human DNA, Bacteria and Toxic Mould.

The owners and managers of all facilities have a duty of care under the Australian indoor air quality standard to provide clean uncontaminated air which is clearly being ignored all over the country, including in our best hospitals.

Air Conditioning Systems that are not professionally cleaned and sanitised overtime will collect a build up of contamination filtered from the indoor air.  Contaminants include biofilms, toxic mould, dirt, dust, Human DNA, bacteria and more. These contaminants are then blown back into the indoor air and become airborne and ready to enter unsuspecting (patients, staff or visitors) hosts. Sanitair have been completing HVAC Hygiene remediation since 2005 and some of our worst air conditioners are located in health facilities.

Maintenance of a health care facility HVAC System differs from almost all other types of buildings. The biological flora that are endemic to all health premises pose a risk to both patients, staff and visitors. The design and maintenance of the building play key roles in controlling both the proliferation and dissemination of harmful Maintenance standards for critical areas in health facilities. The best-designed health care facility will cease to function to the design intent if the building is not maintained to the original specifications.

Supply air and exhaust systems have the capacity to introduce harmful organisms into the building, as well as distribute and circulate introduced and hospital-acquired organisms.

Walls, floors and ceilings must be maintained in good order with damage regularly repaired to enable proper cleaning. All types of surfaces need to be maintained in good order to ensure organisms have less places to proliferate. Biofilms and water damage pose particular risks to the sickest patients with compromised immune systems.

Time for these facilities to have a health check!

 

REF: Grove DI, Lawson PJ et al 2002, ‘An outbreak of Legionella longbeachae infection in an intensive care unit?’ Journal of Hospital Infection 52:250–258.
Boyce JM 2007, ‘Environmental contamination makes an important contribution to hospital infection’, Journal of Hospital Infection 65(S2):50–54.
Lindsay D, von Holy A 2006, ‘Bacterial biofilms within the clinical setting: what healthcare professionals should know’, Journal of Hospital Infection 64:313–325.

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Sanitair Official Supplier Lendlease

Sanitair announces it is an official supplier for Lendlease!

Sanitair are pleased to announce they are an official supplier for Lendlease Rewards program which is designed for all residents and staff of Lendlease Retirement Living Villages across Australia.

If you are a Lendlease Member please freecall 1800 130 168 to speak with your local technician and simply show your membership card for great pricing on your Air Conditioning cleaning service.

Sanitair Offer for Lendlease Members:

  • Sanitair HVAC Hygienists
  • Member simply presents membership card to redeem offer

A Premium Air conditioner clean and sanitise will:

  • Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Reduce Energy Costs by up to 28%
  • Remove mould and bacterial contamination
  • Ensure 12 months mould free – guaranteed
  • Extend the life of your air conditioner
  • Asthma & Allergy Friendly
  • Reduce Offensive Odours
  • Reduce Leaking Air Conditioners

 

Sanitair HVAC Hygienist are police cleared, hold working with vulnerable cards and have public liability.  Since 2005 Sanitair have been ensuring clean healthy air in Australia.

Freecall 1800 130 168 to locate your local Sanitair Air conditioning Cleaning technician.

Can Your AirCon Handle the Heat?

Australians love to take advantage of the great outdoors.  Due to the extreme temperatures felt across Australia over the last few weeks, many families are just as content to enjoy their holidays at home, away from the outdoor heat.  Taking the time to relax and enjoy some quality moments with the kids before the school holiday break ends.

Emergency warnings have been issued, as an Australia wide heatwave pushes temperatures into the mid-40s across Australia.  Some of the temperatures have been unbearable:

  •  Marble Bar (Western Australia) has had 40 degrees days for over 24 days straight. They also have the long-held record of consistently being the hottest town in Australia!
  • Adelaide has experienced over 35 degrees.
  • Albury-Wodonga over 45 degrees
  • Canberra over 40 degrees
  • Several areas across western NSW are expecting temperatures above 45C beginning early in the week and continuing all the way through to the weekend.

 

When was the last time you had your air conditioner cleaned?

Air conditioners are working overtime during this heat and if not cleaned of airbourne contaminates, it could be costing you a lot more to keep you cool.   The indoor air conditioner coils and the internal components, over time, get a build up of airbourne particles that the air conditioner has filtered from the indoor air.

A dirty aircon puts more strain on airflow and efficiency, which increases the running cost of the system.  A professionally clean and sanitise of your air conditioner will avoid a higher than necessary electricity bill.  Keep cool during this summer heat! Consider doing something about it now and ensure that your aircon is running at its maximum efficiency.

Sanitair Premium Air Con Clean can restore the health of your system and improve indoor air quality.  Sanitair Premium HVAC Hygiene clean ensures that you and your loved ones are breathing healthy air, guaranteed for 12 months.

Take shelter indoors from the extreme temperatures without a worry!

FREECALL 1800 130 168 to book a clean today.

 

Sourced: https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/15/05/42/weather-australia-heatwave-high-temperatures-to-continue

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/life-in-marble-bar-the-hottest-town-in-australia-where-40c-is-a-mild-day/news-story/3b68b8cfd612148b7169f19c7d84a8d2

Dust Storms = Health Issues

Recent Dust Storms can cause ongoing Health Issues

The recent dust storms experienced in the Southern Eastern Australian states was a combination of strong winds and our drought affected lands. Unfortunately, this combination had a very serious side with Asthma and Allergy sufferers being exposed to what can be a deadly trigger.

Now that the winds have subsided and the dust has literally settled, we must ask how much has settled into our homes and businesses.  Dust storms like the ones recently experienced in Australia have the potential to effect indoor air quality months after the actual event.

Affected homes and businesses need to remove the residual effects caused by these storms to restore indoor air quality. A thorough Vacuum with a HEPA vacuum not forgetting blinds curtains and bed spreads.  Dusting all solid objects and cleaning our air conditioning units.  Air conditioners become heavily contaminated in such events and can continue to blow airborne contaminants around until removed properly.

A professionally cleaned and sanitised air conditioner will not only restore the health of your system but it has been proven to greatly improve indoor environments along with protecting the health of room occupants.

Sanitair will remove recent dust storm contamination from your air conditioners and make them Look, Smell and Run as New.

FreeCall 1800 130 168

Classroom Air Quality, A Growing Concern

By Craig Jefferies, Sanitair

School News Magazine – TERM 3 – 2016

 

Indoor air quality is a growing problem in our schools, and students, staff and visitors are being exposed unnecessarily.

It is a well-known fact that most people spend 90 percent of their days indoors.

A study of human exposure to indoor air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has indicated that indoor pollution levels may be between two and five times, and sometimes 100 times, higher than outdoor levels.

Indoor air pollution has long been implicated as a cause of absenteeism, hospitalisation and reduced quality of life due to respiratory problems. According to Asthma Australia, growing numbers of people are suffering. One in ten Australian’s suffers from asthma and associated respiratory distress.

What are the consequences of indoor air problems at school?

Failure to prevent indoor air problems, or failure to act promptly, can have consequences such as:

  • increasing the chances that the health of students and staff may be affected
  • impacting the students’ learning environment, comfort, and attendance
  • reducing the productivity of teachers and staff due to discomfort, sickness, or absenteeism faster deterioration and reduced efficiency of the school’s plant and equipment
  • straining relationships between school administration, parents and staff

Good indoor air quality contributes to a favourable learning environment for students, productivity for teachers and staff, and a sense of comfort, health, and well-being for school occupants.

One piece of equipment used widely in our classrooms to deliver comfort and enhance the learning experience is air conditioning.

Unfortunately, the biological health of many air conditioning systems is nothing short of appalling, with many harbouring more bacteria than your average wheelie bin or garbage can.  Incorrectly and poorly maintained air conditioners are exposing our teachers and children to serious health issues. Untreated, these breeding grounds for pathogens have the potential to trigger respiratory distress.

Mould, bacteria, dirt, mites, bio­ films, mice, cockroaches, geckos, pest faeces and human DNA are typical contaminants found deep within air conditioning systems in our schools.

Healthy air conditioning is all about controlling contaminants and establishing a biologically balanced environment deep within air conditioning components. Ensuring heat exchange coils, blowers, air wells, primary filters, condensate pans and drains are kept clean and sanitised.

So why are so many school air conditioners so

contaminated that removal Is advised?

The correct professional cleaning of key components is critical to establishing a healthy environment deep within an air conditioner.

Professional cleaning and sanitising not only ensures your air conditioning is able to deliver a comfortable environment for teachers and students but also a much healthier one.

Most air conditioning contractors focus on the mechanical maintenance of air conditioning but lack the correct equipment, products and patience to remediate air conditioners to the Australian Standard 3666. Professional air conditioning cleaning is a specialised field with dedicated technicians, who are highly trained in air conditioning remediation, and in the restoration of healthy environments.

The benefits of specialised air conditioning cleaning

  • Improvement of indoor air quality and healthier environments
  • Up to 30 percent reduction in energy usage
  • Quieter system operation
  • Odour removal
  • Increased plant and equipment life
  • Reduction of symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality, such as itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing
  • Reduction of respiratory distress, such as asthma attacks.

Many professional air conditioning contractors now employ the services of companies like Sanitair Australia to professionally clean air conditioners on their behalf, acknowledging the level of expertise that such companies demonstrate, and the ongoing benefits they deliver for their customers.

Your school should also consider the services of a specialised air conditioning cleaning company to minimise your risk, and improve the overall indoor air quality in your classrooms and offices.

Many professional air conditioning cleaning companies will conduct obligation free health checks and risk assessments.

By Craig Jefferies, Sanitair