CEDA seeks seat on gas engineers board

Distributor trade body CEDA has backed calls for one of its members to be represented on the board of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).

The suggestion was mooted during CEDA’s technical conference last week after a discussion on Technical Bulletin 140, a gas safety update that been met with much opposition from the catering industry.

Nick Cowling, standards officer at the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, sought to diffuse some of the concerns raised by CEDA members and explain the difficulties his company faced when creating the guidelines.

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After the debate was opened to the floor, attendees concluded that it would benefit both parties if a CEDA member was to sit on the IGEM panel in future.

This would allow CEDA members and those of the wider catering industry to properly communicate their views when creating legislation.

CEDA’s technical director, Peter Kay, who has carried out extensive work on gas safety issues for members over the past year, said there would be “no shortage” of volunteers willing to help with this proposal if it gets approved.

Kay’s own take on what engineers need to bear in mind when interpreting Technical Bulletin 140 can be found here.

As well as gas safety, a number of other topical subjects were discussed at the 5th annual Technical Conference.

CESA director, Keith Warren, and Gram managing director, Glenn Roberts, spoke out on forthcoming EU energy usage legislation, while Foodservice Ventilation Consultancy boss Steve Cole outlined how proposed EU standards will impact the installation of commercial kitchen canopies.

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