With the fast-paced move to lockdown during the current Covid-19 pandemic many schools, colleges and universities had to move quickly to shut down kitchens with little planning or budget in place.
At the start of the lockdown, servicing specialist NWCE Food Service Equipment published advisory guidelines on the safest way to carry out a temporary shutdown, however the company acknowledged that under the circumstances many facilities would have been unable to carry out full checks.
Therefore, as the timetable for the phased reopening of educational sites nears, NWCE is offering all of these facilities the services of one of its fully qualified engineers, free of charge, to assist in switching back on units and ensuring they are safe to use.
Whilst on site the engineer will, if required, carry out a free health check of all equipment ensuring a systematic inspection of the equipment.
Ben Odling, NWCE MD added: “We feel like we need to give something back to the community so we are offering to send an engineer to schools, free of charge to switch units back on and make sure everything is safe to use.
“We want to help make sure that kitchens are reopening safely, examples would be making sure that dishwasher dosing and temperatures are correct to help sanitise cutlery and plates, also to make sure combination ovens are drained, refilled and turned on properly, just to name a few.”
NWCE is currently operating under its crisis management plan in line with government guidelines. Frontline engineers are now only attending critical response and installation tasks for the NHS, health care, education and critical infrastructure sites as per updated government guidelines issued. All other members of the support team are working remotely.