Specialist equipment manufacturer Mechline Developments has again joined forces with spare parts supplier First Choice to support the 10th Gas Safety Week, which runs from the 14-20 September.
Gas Safety Week provides a platform for organisations across the UK to work together to raise awareness of gas safety, and together Mechline and First Choice want to remind the foodservice industry of the dangers of poor quality and poorly maintained gas appliances and gas hoses, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
The foodservice and hospitality industry has a responsibility to keep staff and customers safe from the dangers posed by gas appliances. It is imperative that foodservice operators make sure that their gas appliances are safety checked every year and serviced regularly, also, that the person employed to do the work is Gas Safe registered and therefore not working illegally.
First Choice is home to specialist training division, First Choice Training, which delivers professional training courses and assessments under the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS) (certificates of which are accepted by Gas Safe Register). The ACS ensures that individuals are assessed against a set of national criteria based on current standards, best working practice and technology.
First Choice Training run a course in its Covid-compliant training centre specifically for catering engineers, which is facilitated by catering engineers with over 100 years of industry expertise. Courses are available for both aspiring engineers and those technicians wishing to broaden their knowledge of service and maintenance with commercial catering equipment.
Julian Fisher, marketing and development manager at First Choice, commented: “We are delighted to once again be joining with Mechline to support Gas Safety Week. We are focused on the development of Gas Safe training courses that enhance gas safety in the workplace – and Mechline’s Dormont gas hoses are widely regarded as the safest, strongest and most trusted gas hoses, and are a popular choice among engineers as their quality withstands the stresses of a commercial kitchen.”
Martin Dagnall, head of First Choice Training explained: “We have worked tirelessly during lockdown implementing a comprehensive range of additional safety measures to make the training centre Covid-compliant. We are working hard with our manufacturer partners to offer added flexibility for all our Gas Safe courses, for the ‘new normal’, and ensure the working environment is as safe and efficient as possible for attendees and trainers alike.”
While Neil Pearson, service director at Jestic Foodservice Solutions, said of First Choice’s Gas Safety training courses: “We have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and focus on the catering industry which we simply do not get elsewhere, we have made the decision to send all of our technicians to First Choice. This increases their knowledge and confidence which helps customer service in the field and our technicians are back at work after just 2 days.”
Poor quality gas hoses can be just as dangerous as poorly maintained ones, believes Mechline, and so it recommends Dormont gas hoses, said to be the only commercial gas hose to carry the BSI Kitemark.
Nick Falco, product and technical director at Mechline, said: “We carry out all the assembly of Dormont gas connectors at our factory to ensure the highest performance and safety standards to suit the UK’s specific market and technical products.
“Furthermore, Dormont gas hoses have retained the prestigious BSI Kitemark for over 22 years – testament to our rigorous audit testing process, where every hose and quick-disconnect coupling is tested to the high specification set out by BSI, rather than just one sample complying on one original test date (as it the case with other gas hoses on the marketplace, which only comply with the BS669 Part 2:1997).”