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Ventilation HSE Documents

Keeping you up to date with the latest commercial kitchen HSE regulations, DEFRA guidelines or other kitchen ventilation related specifications.

Below are a series of up to date documents for download.

DW172 HVCA Specification for Kitchen Ventilation Systems

Since its publication in 1999, the HVCA’s Standard for Kitchen Ventilation Systems (DW/171) has sold an impressive 2,300 copies. More importantly, it has become widely acknowledged as the standard for kitchen ventilation design throughout in the UK.’

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Ventilation In Catering Kitchens – HSE Information Sheet No 10

This guidance provides information on ventilation requirements for kitchens. The guidance will assist caterers in assessing whether existing ventilation is adequate. It will also be useful for planning the ventilation specification for new or refurbished kitchens. The guidance advises on management as well as design and performance issues that are specific to catering.

DEFRA Control of Odour and Noise From Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems

Problems associated with nuisance odour and noise emissions from commercial kitchen exhausts are very common, particularly in urban areas where housing may be adjacent to or even immediately above catering premises. These premises might include pubs, clubs, restaurants and takeaways that may be open until the early hours of the morning.

Gas Safe Register Technical Bulletin 140 (April 2012)

This Technical Bulletin has been developed in conjunction with the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and replaces HSE Guidance Note Catering Information Sheet 23 (CAIS23) for the catering sector, providing technical information for Gas Safe registered businesses/engineers and commercial kitchen designers.

An updated version of TB140 (Edition 2) was released in June 2014 and has since been superseded by IGEM/UP/19 in November 2014, see below for details.

HSE CAIS 23 (Revision 2) – Gas Safety In Catering and Hospitality

Revision 2 provides operators advice and guidance on relevant aspects of safety in the use and maintenance of gas-fired equipment in catering establishments.

IGEM/UP/19 (November 2014)

IGEM/UP/19 – Design and application of interlock devices and associated systems used with gas appliance installations in commercial catering establishments.

IGEM/UP/19 was introduced in November 2014 and supersedes TB140 (Edition 2) released in June 2014.

ESOS – Complying with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (2015)

Organisations which qualify for an ESOS audit are those defined as a ‘large undertaking’. This means a business or body employing at least 250 people or one with a yearly turnover of over €50 million (approximately £40 million) plus an annual balance sheet of at least €43 million (approximately £33.5 million).

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