Legislation

  • Cleanliness and fire safety are essential ingredients of every well managed kitchen.
  • At the heart of the matter is your kitchen extract system, the perfect landing place for grease, oil and other deposits.
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Fire Regulations place a very strict ‘duty of care’ on the manager of the premises.
  • Part of the regulations stipulates that grease extract systems must be assessed for fire hazards and action MUST be taken to eliminate or minimise potential risks.
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, minimizing the fire risk by removing grease deposits with regular cleaning programmes which are devised to suit your individual kitchen needs.

Since 2004 the responsibility for risk assessment has been placed on building owners and/or occupiers.

Kitchen grease extract systems potentially carry a high fire risk and need regular inspections and cleaning at mbventialtion Services we go to great lengths to ensure the extract systems are thoroughly cleansed and potential fire or contamination risks removed.

A hygiene certificate is supplied for every job on completion and we also carry out pre and post cleaning micron testing.

Compliance with Insurance Requirements

As a result of the compensation for losses arising from major fires and recent court case judgements, Insurer companies are now including warranties in their policies requiring specific action to be taken to eliminate the fire risks of grease accumulations in the extract ventilation system.

A requirement to have grease extract systems cleaned at least every 6 months is now a standard warranty in the majority of property insurance policies. The U.K’s leading insurer requires the entire length of all flues and extraction ducting, including extraction motors and fans, are cleaned every six months. Those who fail to comply with the Fire Safety Order will find their property insurance either impossible to obtain, difficult to renew or invalid in the case of a fire

B&ES: TR19 Guide to Good Practice.

Cleaning intervals of Ventilation Systems.

Heavy Use (12-16 hours per day)
3 Monthly.

Moderate Use (12-16 hours per day)
6 monthly.

Light Use (2-6 hours per day)
Annually.