Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration
Commercial Kitchen Extraction System
It is crucial to keep your kitchen ventilation in excellent condition at all times, and commercial kitchens have some really strict guidelines and regulations regarding health and safety.
Robinsons Facilities Services can help to maintain your extraction system wherever in Yorkshire your premises are. Our expert team of Gas Safe Engineers can help to diagnose and repair breakdowns as well as making sure that your system is maintained to a high standard.
What Do Commercial Kitchen Extraction Systems Do?
A commercial kitchen extraction system will provide you with a safe and controlled environment in which to cook. They work by removing any harmful fumes or smoke that may be produced during cooking and also help to keep the air quality high.
Ventilation systems draw out stale and potentially contaminated air, and allow fresh air to come in and take its place.
Without an extraction system in your commercial kitchen, smoke, gases, and heat would build up in the area and there could even be carbon dioxide building up inside your kitchen.
Types of Commercial Extraction Systems
There are two main types of commercial kitchen extraction systems:
- Canopy hoods
- Grease filters
A canopy hood is a metal frame that sits over your cooking area, and is often used in commercial kitchens. They work by drawing air up through the hood and then out of the kitchen.
Grease filters are usually made from stainless steel, and they’re used to remove grease and smoke from the air. They work by drawing air through the filter, which then traps the grease and smoke.
The Importance of Maintaining Your Extraction System
Your commercial kitchen extraction system is an important part of your business, and it’s important to make sure that it’s maintained to a high standard.
A well-maintained extraction system will:
- Remove any harmful fumes or smoke from the air
- Help to keep the air quality high
- Prevent carbon dioxide from building up in the kitchen
Maintaining your commercial kitchen extraction system is not only important for the safety of your employees, but it’s also important for the quality of the food that you serve. If grease and contaminants build up in your kitchen then this could be a big risk to health and safety.
Complying With Gas Safe Regulations
If your kitchen uses gas appliances then you must ensure that you stay compliant with health and safety regulations, including Gas Safe regulations. You may need a flue which helps you to get rid of heat and vapours and keep your kitchen free of contamination.
Regular maintenance to ensure you are operating within health and safety regulations is also crucial, and your responsibility within the Health and Safety at Work Act.
If you have concerns about the effectiveness or compliance of your system, our Gas Safe registered engineers can advise you on staying within the rules and keeping your workspace safe.
Commercial Kitchen Extraction System Maintenance
There are different elements to keeping your system well-maintained. It is vital to clean all parts of the system on a regular basis, as well as checking for any signs of wear and tear. Cleaning the hoods and grease filters may be required daily, and you should have a system in place to ensure your team is keeping the extraction system clean.
You may even need to provide proof of cleaning and records of maintenance in the event of an inspection. Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) will visit commercial kitchens regularly.
We recommend both deep cleaning and maintenance at least once a year to ensure that your system is compliant, and possibly more frequently in kitchens that see a lot of use.
Without adequate maintenance, your commercial kitchen extraction system can be a risk to your employees or to your customers. Our team can help your Yorkshire-based business with your ventilation and extraction needs.
Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.
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