New standard bids to cut out commercial kitchen fires caused by lacklustre maintenance

Ductwork before cleaning

Foodservice operators are being urged to familiarise themselves with a new standard that has been introduced that seeks to minimise fire risk from ducting in commercial kitchens.

The Loss Prevention Standard (LPS 2084), launched by BRE Global, has been created in response to the issues caused by ineffective cleaning and maintenance.

LPS 2084 defines the LPCB requirements for the approval of companies carrying out inspection, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork systems that may be contaminated with combustible deposits.

The standard was launched in May 2017, and there are already 10 companies who have applied to join the scheme.

Using a company certified to LPS 2084 gives clients the assurance that the cleaning and maintenance of their ductwork systems has been carried out correctly.

Certified companies with LPS 2084 have to meet the requirements of the client contract, identify and record areas of limited access where inspection, cleaning and maintenance are impractical and communicate these limitations to the client, and provide recommendations for access improvements to better facilitate the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the ductwork system.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that a fire risk assessment is undertaken.

This means that the building’s owner or workplace manager must nominate a responsible person to identify all possible sources of fire and eliminate, or at least minimise the risk, to the building’s occupants.

Regular kitchen extraction cleaning will remove one of the most common causes of fire within the kitchen, according to BRE Global.

“There is growing evidence that failure to clean the ductwork system by a competent ductwork cleaning company can result in fire insurance cover being withdrawn,” said BRE Global. “Regular effective kitchen extraction cleaning is imperative to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants and reduce the risk of a fire caused by grease build-up in the extraction system.”

Regardless of the efficiency of the canopy filters, it is inevitable that grease deposits will build up over time in the kitchen extraction ductwork and canopy.

For this reason, regular cleaning of the ductwork system is essential. If left, grease will become baked on and carbonised making it extremely difficult to remove, thus reducing the effectiveness of the extraction system, potentially shortening the life of the fan and creating a serious fire hazard that may propagate around the building in question.

Certified companies are audited by BRE Global on an ongoing, regular basis to ensure that the company continues to adhere to the requirements of the standard.

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