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Emergency Cleaners Help Search
and Rescue Helicopter Service
Control Contamination Risks
T
he UK's Search and Rescue
Service operated by Bristow
Group has commissioned an
emergency cleaning specialist to
provide de-contamination services
for its helicopters and bases.
CleanSafe Services teams are now
available 24 hours a day to respond to
any urgent cleaning task the search and
rescue service needs their help with.
Bristow operates a fleet of advanced
search and rescue helicopters at 10
bases across the UK on behalf of the
Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Iain Ritchie, Bristow's Search and Rescue Health, Safety, and Environment
Advisor, said having access to
CleanSafe Service's specialist support
will help the service to control operational risks.
He added: "The people we help can be
seriously injured or very ill, which
presents a contamination risk if not
managed properly.
"We have rigorous internal systems in
place to effectively control these events.
However, where we assess that we
need further expert advice and interven-
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tion, we have the added assurance of
being able to call on CleanSafe Services."
CleanSafe Services Managing Director
Steve Broughton said: "We're very
pleased to be asked by Bristow to provide this emergency cleaning service.
"Our teams will be ready to provide
support for cleaning all structures and
surfaces at each of the helicopter bases, and the search and rescue helicopters themselves.
"Aviation sites present specific specialist cleaning risks, such as the need to
store aircraft fuel, oils, and hydraulic
fluids, that need to be managed in an
effective and timely way.
"Also, the vital work carried out by the
search and rescue teams creates potential contamination risks to the helicopters and the equipment they carry
due, in terms of injuries and illnesses
sustained by the people they help.
"Where necessary, we can deploy specialist bio-containment cleaning teams
to decontaminate the interiors of aircraft
and equipment, safely removing blood
or other body fluids, so they are ready
for the next emergency call."
CleanSafe Services is the UK's leading
emergency cleaning specialist, providing a national reactive and planned
service from four operational centres, in
London, Birmingham, Manchester, and
Edinburgh.
Services include bio-containment cleaning, hazardous waste cleaning, and
crime scene cleaning, as well as a wider
range of emergency cleaning services,
including flood and fire damage cleaning.
The Search and Rescue Helicopter
Service, operated by Bristow, carried
out 2,595 civilian ‘taskings' in the year to
the end of March 2017, of which 59 per
cent were search and rescue operations.
On average, each of the 10 helicopter
bases responded to seven taskings per
day. The busiest month was August
2016, with 372 taskings, reflecting the
fact that demand for search and rescue
support always peaks during the main
holiday season.
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