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Call for kitchen extract ventilation regulations to be tightened

Extract ventilation within commercial kitchens should be re-classified as local exhaust ventilation (LEV) in order to protect the health and wellbeing of workers, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

The BESA says that this action would ensure kitchen extract systems were subject to tighter legislation, which would in turn lead to cleaning and maintenance routines being carried out more regularly.

Catering staff are being put at risk by carbon monoxide fumes released from the burning of solid fuels such as charcoal, as many restaurants and takeaways look to offer authentic chargrill flavours. In addition, the accumulation of grease deposits within kitchen extract systems due to essential ductwork cleaning being neglected represents a serious fire risk.

By re-classifying kitchen extract ventilation systems within many of the UK’s 500,000 commercial kitchen as LEVs, owners would be law-bound to have them tested every 14 months. It is hoped that this increased scrutiny will help reduce catering workers’ exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Commercial kitchen owners and operators can protect their staff by having extract ductwork properly maintained by a professional provider such as Gibbons HVAC Services. Gibbons has extensive experience cleaning kitchen extract ductwork in restaurants, takeaways and commercial buildings. From our Essex base we work across East Anglia, London and beyond, working to the tightest deadline for clients ranging from multinational corporate buildings to independent takeaways.

For more information on our comprehensive HVAC servicing and repair offering, call Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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