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Inta launches safe and stylish Puro Mini

Leading shower manufacturer, Inta, has announced the Puro Mini as the latest addition to its comprehensive showering collection.

Boasting contemporary styling, while focussing on protection and performance, the Puro Mini is a dual-control, super compact shower with 110mm - 150mm inlet centres that provide an exposed or concealed solution in one box. This allows full flexibility for installers with two different applications.

The shower also features Inta’s proven anti-scald thermostatic technology, which has a failsafe function to prevent scalding in the event of water supply failure on either the hot or cold feeds. Inta’s Safe Touch technology constantly circulates cold water under the surface of the valves too, to ensure the surface will never be hot to touch.

The Puro Mini is WRAS and TMV2 approved and its Eco Air handsets save water by reducing flow rates by up to 60%.

06 December 2017

Inta lands prestigious Carbon Neutral accreditation

Heating and plumbing product manufacturer, Inta, has been awarded the reputable CarbonNeutral certification after it reduced its carbon footprint to net zero.

Based in Staffordshire, the manufacturer worked with Natural Capital Partners - one of the world’s leading carbon offset and carbon management businesses who issue the CarbonNeutral certificates - to measure and reduce the greenhouse gases it produces to net zero. To achieve this, Inta ensures that every tonne of CO2 it emits is balanced by saving an equivalent amount elsewhere in the business.

To receive the prestigious CarbonNeutral accolade, Inta’s energy consumption, waste and business travel were assessed and quantified.

Cynthia Fisher, director at Inta, said: “Acting environmentally responsible is a huge priority for us. As we create bathroom products with water-saving features - some of which reduce water flow rates by up to 60% - we wanted to strengthen our green credentials by reducing our carbon footprint across the whole business.

“To operate sustainably isn’t something we’ve taken lightly and subsequently, we’ve invested heavily into our building facilities to minimise waste. We’ve installed triple glazed windows and fully insulated our roof space which has also reduced our bills, as well as introduce an electricity optimisation system that has reduced power consumption by 15%. Our staff have also got completely on board, with many now more aware of their water, gas and electricity usage.

“Working with Natural Capital Partners has been fantastic and its support and guidance has been instrumental to our success. We’re thrilled to have achieved this award and actively encourage other businesses to strive to do the same.”

Rebecca Dallimore, Client Relationship Manager at Natural Capital Partners, said: “Inta becoming CarbonNeutral is an important step, not only for its business but for the manufacturing industry as a whole. By committing to reduce its emissions to net zero, Inta has set the benchmark. Manufacturers are an important part of any supply chain, and by taking steps to reduce its environmental impact, Inta is supporting its clients own environmental agendas.”

For more information on Natural Capital Partners and the CarbonNeutral certificate, visit: http://naturalcapitalpartners.com

06 December 2017

Why “Caution very hot water” signs are no excuse for scalding death

Very hot water We know about bathtime scalding. Since 2002 when we launched our company with what has become Britain’s best selling anti-scald valve, we have innovated to make products better, cheaper and easier to fit and we have campaigned to draw attention to the issue, which back then killed or maimed nearly 600 people a year. In that time, there have been significant improvements. Building regulations have been adapted to require thermostatic mixing valves to be fitted in new build domestic bathrooms. The best practice of including anti-scald equipment in bath and shower rooms has been adopted by many healthcare and hospitality estates, but once again, regrettably I am writing about yet another avoidable death caused by scalding in a bathroom that should have been equipped better.

When someone dies from scalding they are usually either quite elderly, very young or simply vulnerable, and their injuries are more often than not caused by immersion in a very hot bath from which they cannot get out. This does not seem to be the case with the latest death we are learning about.

A court case against hotel operator Whitbread has concluded with a payout by the company to the family of a woman who died after being scalded by the shower in her Premier Inn room in 2012. The incident happened while 59-year-old Kalyani Uthaman from India had been on holiday in Scotland.

The settlement from the hotel operator means that the case has not been heard by the court, much to the reported disappointment of Mrs Uthaman’s family.

The significant thing that we know about this case is that the hotel bathroom was not fitted with an anti-scald device. Something that would have prevented this tragedy. The other thing that we know is that anti-scald technology is not expensive. A basic TMV3 compliant valve costs around £40 and when installed at the same time as a bathroom, costs only pennies extra to fit.

A basic thermostatic shower valve costs on average 25% more than its non-thermostatic equivalent. We understand that this can be a significant cost across a typical 100 room hotel, but when new build hotel rooms are probably around £50,000 each, it doesn’t seem that much extra.

Hotel operators have a duty of care to their customers to provide a safe environment and as hoteliers they should also be taking seriously their duty of comfort, because an anti-scald shower not only protects, it makes for a better showering experience, preventing the all too familiar lurch between hot and cold as other hotel guests make demands on the water system.

We try to educate the plumbing and heating industry about scalding, we speak about the issue wherever we can, and we constantly remind people of one of the inescapable facts of anti-scald technology - valves need to be regularly serviced. We have even produced and distributed nearly a million of our free ‘everything you need to know about anti-scald’ booklets to the trade.

So what more can we do? In this instance, I think we need to help hoteliers understand that anti-scald protection in bathrooms does not mean putting up a sign saying “caution, very hot water”. It means providing hot water at sensible temperatures so that guests can enjoy that very basic human routine - washing.

Someone losing their life because their hotel bathroom wasn’t properly equipped is inexcusable. There really is no excuse.

Attitudes within the hospitality industry need to change from the ‘caution’ warning mentality, to the physical intervention. To help that and to demonstrate our commitment, we are prepared to give away a whole hotel’s worth of basic anti-scald valves (up to 100) in return for a picture of the caution signs that can then be removed from bathrooms when the valves are fitted, along with the assurance that work will be carried out straight away.

Every hotelier knows that there are lots of ways that guests can pick up injuries during their stay, but let’s change it so that scalding in the shower isn’t one of them.

01 December 2017

Lack of anti-scalding device claims life in Middlesex

Anti-scald manufacturer, Intatec, is reminding care home owners the importance in protecting against fatal bathtime scalding, following news of the death of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Middlesex.

Old Wall Cottage Nursing Home pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and has been fined £100,000 after an 89-year-old resident received significant scalding injuries and subsequently died in hospital.

Doris Snook, who had been living at the Betchworth care home for six years, was estimated to have received 14% burns to her arms, back and feet due to bath water being above 48˚C, the maximum safe temperature.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident - which occurred on 30th August 2011 - found that bathroom taps were not adjusted to limit the temperature of water to a safe level for bathing and showering, which ultimately led to Mrs Snook’s death.

It also found that the care home failed to effectively communicate information and instruction to its staff so that the control measures could be implemented effectively.

Stuart Gizzi, director at Intatec, said: “We are dismayed to hear of yet another fatal bathtime scalding and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family. From looking at the HSE report, it appears that Old Wall Cottage Nursing Home had its hot water set to a fluctuating high temperature, with no effective anti-scald measures.

“By law, anti-scald devices should be fitted to baths and showers in a care environment. Whilst it’s important for water to be above 60˚C when leaving a boiler or hot water tank - to kill off any harmful legionella bacteria - it certainly shouldn’t be delivered to the water outlet at anywhere near that temperature. Anything over 38˚C can be uncomfortable, and over 48˚C downright dangerous. That’s why it is compulsory to fit an anti-scald device - such as a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) - with the temperature adjusted correctly and fitted within a metre of the outlet.

“Since it became law to fit a TMV or any other appropriate temperature control devices as part of the Part G Building Regulations, we have seen a decrease in the number of scalding deaths in the UK. However, this sad loss just highlights the importance of not only fitting the device, but ensuring it is installed correctly, commissioned properly and regularly maintained.

“We would always recommend installing an accredited anti-scald valve - TMV2 for domestic installations and TMV3 for commercial or care environments - with a temperature output that cannot be modified by the user, as it removes any chance of delivering the wrong temperature. TMVs should also have a fail safe feature too, where the device will shut off the water outlet in the event of either a hot or cold water supply failure.

“We are pleased that the HSE are taking robust action in cases like this and it highlights that having an anti-scald device isn’t just a bit of red tape legislation, but is in place to save real people’s lives. We urge care homes to ensure that any anti-scald measures fitted in its premises are installed properly, are set to a safe temperature and serviced regularly.”

Intatec is the UK’s leading manufacturer of anti-scald products aimed at both the domestic and commercial markets. It publishes free anti-scald booklets, as well as online e-learning materials, to better educate installers, plumbers and apprentices.

01 December 2017

Why the Intaklean Maxi filter can keep your boiler running this winter

With winter fast approaching, facilities managers in care homes, hospitals, schools and colleges will be checking that the boiler rooms can cope with the demands of the coldest season of the year.

Keeping the heating systems in optimal condition ensures that they run efficiently and also helps to control running costs. However, it is the cost of downtime when a boiler fails that could ultimately make managers shiver.

Because boilers are a significant investment for any business, it makes sense to put in place preventative measures to stop a build up of contaminants, which can lead to sluggish performance, blockages and breakdowns.

Failure to put sufficient practices in place could be costly - with call outs costing around £130 to deal with a commercial boiler breakdown and thousands of pounds to replace parts or even the complete system.

The IntaKlean Maxi commercial range of magnetic filters has been designed to deliver all the benefits you’ve come to expect from an Inta magnetic system filter.

Designed and manufactured by Inta, the UK’s leading supplier to the plumbing and heating sectors, the magnetic filter that protects commercial installations from magnetite buildup, preventing corrosion inside the heating system, thus keeping it free of debris that can cause clogging and breakdowns.

It’s designed and manufactured to be retro-fitted easily and quickly for maximum convenience and, of course, it can also be installed with any new boiler to keep it at peak condition for longer.

Available in 2.5" to 4", and supplied with PN16 flanges, the intaKlean Maxi commercial magnetic filter range features four 10,000 Gauss magnet.

It also features a manual air bleed as well as a 1" drain plug. With virtually limitless product life and negligible on-going maintenance costs, the magnets can be withdrawn from the filter without the need for draining down making servicing both quick and easy.

When you consider that in schools alone, most spend around 20% of their maintenance budget on their heating systems to make sure they perform well, it pays to be proactive by installing an IntaKlean Maxi to safeguard tight budgets.

Cost savings are also crucial for the NHS. In 2016, it published the Securing Healthy Returns, which identified 35 sustainability measures, 18 of which focused on energy saving that could result in a reduction of energy costs of £21.5 million*. The report also pointed out that good building management was crucial.

Inta offers the IntaKlean Maxi with a 12 year warranty, ensuring you and your building are in good hands this winter.

01 December 2017