Target Catering Equipment MD, David Pedrette, has welcomed this year’s release of BS 6173:2020, the latest update of the British Standards Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations for gas-fired commercial catering appliances.
The review and renewal was conducted following the release of the original British Standards Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations in 2009. Pedrette believes this update recognised that some establishments were condemned and closed unnecessarily due to equipment failing tests that were not themselves accurate.
He said: “The new regulations make compliance easier especially if you have gas-fired kitchen appliances with an extraction system which incorporates variable speed control fans for the variable ventilation needs of the kitchen.
“Complete ventilation systems now may not need completely upgrading, provided that air quality can be risk assessed and proven to be safe by monitoring safe levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide within the kitchen environment. Therefore, also providing financial savings for catering establishments all over the UK.”
This British Standard covers the safe installation, servicing and maintenance of new and previously-used gas fired commercial catering appliances that burn second or third family gases (i.e. natural gas and LPG respectively).
BS 6173:2020 applies to catering equipment such as commercial cookers, fish and chip frying ranges, fryers, ovens, café boilers and urns, bain-marie units, tandoori ovens, kebab grills and barbecues.
Pedrette added “Here at Target we believe gas in commercial kitchens is still an issue and all electric, energy efficient kitchens are the way forward for users and operators to save money and make for a better, safer working environment.
“With electric equipment you can remove the issue of harmful by-products of combustion out of the kitchen, but with gas, a naked flame, there is always going to be a source of fire which comes with serious risks, not to mention the potential for explosions associated with faulty gas equipment.”