In time it seems clear that the paramount concern regarding LPG safety is particularly how to ensure high standards in each sector where this cheap, clean and green fuel is used, both indoor and outdoor.
The Hospitality and Catering Industry Liaison Forum whose members include trade and professional associations, unions and enforcement authorities, have delivered a guide on gas safety in catering and hospitality, one of the main sectors in which LPG use is gradually becoming established.
Regulations on safety for catering and hospitality sector
According to the law, “any work with gas appliances will be subject to the duties imposed by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR)”. These regulations require that all new appliances for commercial catering must be CE marked, which indicates conformity with the Regulations and that a notified body has approved the appliance.
These regulations find applications mainly for domestic appliances, but industrial space heaters and commercial catering equipment are also covered. Furthermore, these regulations apply for guaranteeing also safety standards in vehicles, by ensuring the vehicle is adequately ventilated and state that pilot lights should not be lit while the vehicle is in motion, as it could increases the chance of the flame going out, and consequently, the risk of fire or explosion.
Following the Act 1974 on Health and Safety at work, “employers and the self-employed have the duties to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their employees and others affected by their work. Employees have a duty to ensure that their work does not pose risks to others and not to interfere with anything provided for health and safety reasons.” In general, health and safety law applies to all businesses, no matter how small. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. You need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of workplace dangers and provide a safe working environment.
In the UK there are a large number of mobile catering units, such as fish and chip vans or travelling barbecues, which usually use LPG supplied in cylinders.
Furthermore, the Nationwide Caterers association (NCASS) has produced guidance on the installation of LPG and LPG-fired equipment in catering trailers, converted vehicles, portable kitchens, carts, trolleys and bikes.
In order to install LPG in hotels, restaurants, mobile catering units, takeaway outlets etc, the work needs to be done by competent staff, a company or an individual who is Gas Safe registered, and operatives must have valid certificates of competence relevant to the particular types of gas equipment and gas work they are involved with.
Moreover, it is essential all catering and hospitality staff that use gas equipment should be trained in how to use it and in how to carry out visual checks for obvious faults.
The Gas Safe Register replaced the Council of Registered Gas Installers as the UK body that certifies gas engineers as being competent to install and maintain gas systems and appliances.
Registration is a legal requirement for anyone installing or repairing domestic gas fittings or appliances and every type of appliance needs different knowledge. It is important to make sure the engineer is qualified to work on the correct type of equipment, by checking the back of their registration card, containing a photograph of the employee, their trading title, their registration number, the expiry date of the card and details of the type of gas work he is used to dealing with.
As HSE explains in a report on Maintenance Priorities in Catering, you must think about food safety implications when selecting, installing, using, maintaining and cleaning any catering equipment. Indeed, fires and explosions mainly derive from poor or no maintenance of gas appliance accounts.
To prevent these similar events, regular inspection and maintenance of appliances by competent people is essential, as it suggests to clean regularly ventilation filters and ducting.
But firstly it is important to ensure high safety standards in the workplace. Therefore, Aburi composite LPG cylinders may be a key alternative to achieve this main goal, due to their unique qualities. Indeed, apart from the absence of any risk of both explosion and corrosion, composite LPG cylinders provide also low maintenance and logistical costs, by allowing you to save money and guarantee a safe workplace for employees, meeting in this way the regulations mentioned above.