Stricter regulations needed for kitchen ventilation

The recent BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) Conference posed a series of questions for ensuring that ventilation systems work efficiently and are adequately regulated. As a BESA approved contractor, safety is at the heart of everything we do at Interduct.

Read why we believe making grease extract duct cleaning a legal requirement is one of the key ways to ensure industrial kitchens are safe places to work.

The importance of regular cleaning

By not maintaining the ventilation system, you are putting anyone working in your kitchen at risk.

Fats and oils can quickly build up in the ducts, reducing the quality of the ventilation system. As a result, bacteria can breed freely and harmful particles in the air cannot escape. According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), there were 13 000 deaths from lung disease and cancer caused by exposure to harmful chemicals.

As well as dramatically reducing air quality, infrequent cleaning of kitchen extractor systems is also a major fire hazard. A study by security organisation IFEC found that around a quarter of all accidental fires in industrial buildings were caused by appliances.

Tighter regulation equals greater safety

Currently, it is only a recommendation that you should clean your kitchen extractor systems – there is no legal requirement to do so. However, BESA recommends redefining ‘kitchen extract ventilation’ as ‘local exhaust ventilation’ or LEV. This would mean that systems will be subject to tougher legislation and ensures they are cleaned on a more regular basis.

Redefining the systems also ensures that the catering industry’s practices for promoting a safe working environment for workers fall into line with buildings such as factories and spray paint booths.

LEVs, by law, have to be tested and inspected every 14 months. Organisations that fall below the appropriate standards can face prosecution from the HSE. In 2012/13 alone, there over 550 such cases across England and Wales, highlighting the need for greater regulation and safety in the sector.

Maintain your ventilation systems with Interduct

Here at Interduct, we put the safety of your business and staff first. Our duct cleaning practises are not only cost-effective, but they are also completed in a short space of time, so you can back to your tasks swiftly.

Because every business is different, we carry out a full report of the cleaning that is needed and how extensive it needs to be, which we’ll then share with you so you can see the condition your system is in.

We can respond within 24 hours and carry out regular inspections to ensure that your kitchen remains safe and compliant with health and safety regulations. Learn more about our innovative vertical riser cleaning method.

Work with an expert team

Bringing over 30 years’ experience, there’s nothing we don’t know about maintaining your kitchen ventilation systems. To find out how we can assist you, contact our team on 01280 703322 or send us a message.

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