S&S Northern has launched carbon dioxide detectors designed to protect commercial kitchens, school and food technology classrooms up to newly introduced safety standards.
All new and refurbished kitchens in the UK are required to meet BS6173 by installing a gas interlock system which ensures that gas is not available in a kitchen if the ventilation system is not working.
The latest S&S Northern’s CO2 detectors have been developed in response to Technical Bulletin 140 introduced in April 2012, which covers the monitoring of CO2 levels in operational kitchens.
In technical terms, the gas interlock system should function as specified in BS6173:2009 and a backup system in the form of CO2 detectors should be used in the event of fan failure. The gas interlock system monitors the operation of the fans and shuts down if the fans fail; the CO2 detectors can then be used to monitor the quality of the air in the kitchen.
S&S Northern’s CO2 detector helps meet these requirements with their ‘traffic light’ display showing staff the level of CO2 in the room and therefore if action needs to be taken to increase ventilation.
The detectors green display indicates that the CO2 present is within recommended levels. If the level rises towards unsafe levels, the display changes first to amber, then to red.