Canopy & Extraction Cleaning Bolton
Kitchen Extractor Hoods & Ductwork System Cleaning / BESA TR/19
If regular cleaning of your extraction canopy and ductwork is not undertaken then greasy deposits left in the ductwork will attract fibrous build-ups as time progresses; eventually this will carbonise and become baked on, making removal extremely difficult and time consuming. Air flow efficiency can be seriously impaired by deposits, leading to a greater use of energy.
All areas, which if not regularly and professionally, cleaned and maintained can quickly become a fire risk. Bacteria developing in grease deposits create a hazard to health. Business efficiency and profitability are also bound to suffer.
Neglect of grease extractors will result in the accumulation of fats, oily deposits and fibrous particles in the system, the major cause of the spread of fire in catering establishments. The warm greasy environment is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
Failure to ensure regular cleaning of kitchen grease extract systems can invalidate buildings insurance cover. We are aware of many cases where insurers are refusing to pay out on millions of pound worth of claims following fires where the insured has not complied with the warranties on their buildings insurance policies regarding regular cleaning of the grease extract systems.
Advanced Deep Clean Ltd provides a service which operates to BESA TR/19 standards. We will supply certification after every clean for insurance purposes, this can be presented at any time to food hygiene or insurance companies for analysis.
Ensuring the kitchen grease extract systems (canopies, filters, ductwork, risers and fans) in kitchens, restaurants, hotels, pubs, canteens, food production areas, hospitals, schools, and the like are cleaned as required by your buildings insurance policies, in accordance with Fire Safety Regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) regulations, is a legal requirement.
The Oct 2005 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order came into effect in April 2006. This places the onus on building operators to appoint a responsible person for fire safety and this responsible person needs to have a fire risk assessment carried out. Such a risk assessment should include any kitchen extract system within or passing through a building and should identify fire risks and ways of removing or reducing the risks. Failure to carry out a risk assessment and precautionary actions identified as risk reduction measures could, in the event of injury or death could lead to an HSE prosecution of the individual(s) and company responsible.
Is your kitchen harbouring risks greater than bacteria?
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that 65% of commercial kitchens have inadequate ventilation and do not comply with current guidelines – a huge cause for concern considering that dirty or blocked extraction filters pose a real fire risk and are a major cause of poor ventilation. Your filters could be harbouring harmful bacteria that could lead to a food poisoning outbreak, but consider the ramifications if a fire results in loss of life?
Commercial kitchen cleaning best practices should always be considered in line with local legislation and local authority guidelines. Environmental health practitioners will play a part, but the liability risks here should not be underestimated.
Many insurance companies now stipulate that filters are cleaned regularly in line with a risk assessment. This assessment should consider the products being cooked, the volume and frequency. If you are found negligent in this area, your insurance may not pay out – can you afford to take the risk?
Clean, free flowing extraction systems reduce fire risk considerably and improve air quality for employees and the public. The working environment is much improved with kitchen staff working more productively. Not only are there insurance issues to consider but environmental health departments may check for proof of filter exchange.
Grease filter exchange is, of course, only one element of commercial kitchen cleaning. Deep kitchen cleaning is a specialist area, and daily cleaning programmers are, of course, critical with the frequency of deep cleaning dictated by the level of use and any insurance criteria. Owners, chefs and facilities managers should, however, be warned. Deep kitchen cleaning is a non-regulated industry, and service levels vary enormously.
Food residue and grease will build up in areas not covered by daily cleaning regimes. These deposits are breeding grounds for bacteria and could become the source of a dangerous food poisoning outbreak. Grease and carbon build up on cooking equipment can taint food and may possibly affect oven temperature control.
It is clear that though cleaning is called for – aggressive cleaning using hazardous cleaning agents that can only be handled by qualified technicians. Advanced Deep Clean Ltd has been in business for many years. We are fully committed to keeping people safe and healthy at work.
A reliable, flexible 24/7 provider that will not tie you into a service contract – clients may choose from a one off clean to regular fully managed services.
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