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Legal compliance with HSE fire safety law
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires those responsible for workplaces to carry out a fire risk assessment of their premises, including grease extract systems, and take action to eliminate - or at least to minimise -
risks to the safety of the building's occupants Should the Responsible Person have failed to carry out fire risk assessments or take appropriate action to protect the safety of building occupants, and if a fire causes injury or death, they may be liable to criminal prosecution.
Legal compliance with your insurance companyInsurance companies, who are members of the Association of British Insurers like Norwich Union are now stating in there commercial property policy that “Kitchen extract ductwork needs to be inspected internally to check on the build -up of grease deposits and cleaned annually as a minimum, although the exact frequency will depend on the level of usage of the cooking equipment”. Failure to comply with the legislation will provide grounds for Insurers to dispute claims in the event of fire. And they may find their property insurance either impossible to obtain, difficult to renew in the future
Maintenance Code ComplianceThe B&ES (HVCA) Guide to Good Practice TR19: Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems 2005 provides the benchmark to maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen extract system.
B&ES (HVCA) Recommended Frequency of Cleaning TR19_section7.pdf
The need for specialist cleaning of extract systems will depend on the level of usage of the cooking equipment, types and quantity of cooking and other risk factors such as vulnerability of the system to ignition and of the building and its occupant/users to system fire, hygiene, vermin and mechanical hazards. Typical cleaning intervals are shown in Table 11: Table 11: Frequency of Cleaning
12-16 hours per day
- 3 monthly
6-12 hours per day
- 6 monthly
2-6 hours per day
- 12 monthly