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Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

In a commercial kitchen, adequate and safe ventilation is vital. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, you must comply with commercial kitchen ventilation regulations.

At Robinsons Facilities Services, our Gas Safe registered engineers provide planned preventative maintenance and repairs for commercial kitchen ventilation systems across Yorkshire and the UK. 

Are you looking for a reliable commercial kitchen ventilation maintenance company?

Contact us today for a free quote for your business.

Alternatively, to learn more about kitchen ventilation maintenance and our approach, continue reading below to hear from our experts.

What Does Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Do?

There are several reasons why commercial kitchens require ventilation and extraction systems. The primary functions of a ventilation system are as follows:

  • To help remove heat and hot air
  • To remove vapours and fumes that may form in your kitchen
  • To remove grease and vapours in the kitchen
  • To improve air quality in commercial kitchens, keeping employees safe and healthy

Common Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Issues

If you neglect your commercial kitchen ventilation system, you will run into many issues that can prove costly for your business. 

Issues may include

Poor air quality

Cooking produces smoke, steam, and fumes that contain a range of harmful particles, such as grease, oil, carbon monoxide, and other chemicals. Without proper ventilation, these particles can accumulate in the air.

Fire hazard

Cooking equipment generates heat that can ignite flammable substances, such as grease and oil, if not properly ventilated. A buildup of these substances can cause a fire, putting the building, staff, and customers at risk.

Foul smells

Cooking produces strong smells that can be unpleasant for customers and staff. Without proper ventilation, these odours can linger and become more intense, giving the perception of an unclean kitchen.

Equipment damage

Damage to equipment and surfaces may also occur, or at least some form of wear and tear. Steam and humidity can cause damage to kitchen equipment, such as ovens, fryers, and refrigerators, as well as walls, floors, and ceilings.

Benefits of Proper Kitchen Ventilation

Maintaining a clean and highly efficient commercial kitchen ventilation system comes with an array of benefits, including 

  • Reduced risk of fire
  • Improved air quality including the reduction of airborne particles that can cause illness or disease
  • Reduced condensation and damp
  • Reduced build-up of grease. Grease on surfaces can pose a serious health risk and food hygiene issue

As well as being necessary for your health and safety, keeping your commercial kitchen ventilation system well maintained is good for business.

Gas Safe Regulations

In a commercial kitchen using gas appliances, specific gas safe regulations apply. Your kitchen might need a flue which can help to get rid of the heat, smoke and liquid vapours that can build up.

An extractor flue can be one of the most crucial aspects of the whole kitchen, and this means that you should consider the quality and maintenance of the flue.

Regulations are meant to be followed and our Gas Safe registered engineers can give you guidance on how you can keep your kitchen in line with HSE guidelines.

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Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Maintenance

At Robinsons Facilities Services, our highly trained and accredited engineers have decades of experience working with all kinds of commercial kitchen ventilation systems.

Our services include:

Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)

With our most common package, the PPM contract, you’ll gain access to a team of accredited engineers to keep your kitchen ventilation system compliant and in top working order. 

With year-round professional maintenance, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your commercial kitchen ventilation system is in good hands. 

Let us maintain your commercial kitchen while you focus on your core business.

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Reactive-Only Service

Interested in a more “as and when” service? Our certified engineers are on hand for commercial kitchen ventilation maintenance Yorkshire and across the UK.

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We also offer a range of other services for commercial kitchens:

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Contact Robinsons Facilities Services today for professional and reliable business kitchen ventilation services throughout Yorkshire and the entire UK.

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Commercial Kitchen Ventilation FAQs

Extractor fans, windows, and ventilation systems all play a part. If you are unsure about whether your commercial kitchen is properly ventilated, seek professional advice.

Yes, adequate ventilation and air extraction must be provided in premises preparing food and drink to remove smoke, steam, and air that carries grease, preventing potential hazards in the process.

Every business is different, but the law states that you must have a sufficient ventilation system to ensure that you effectively extract the dirty or smoke-filled air. It must also be maintained. A fan method is one of the main ways this is achieved.

The most common signs that your ventilation system needs maintenance are reduced airflow, unusual smells, grease build-up, and increased energy bills.

We recommend having a commercial kitchen ventilation service at least once a year, or more frequently if your system is not performing as well as it should be. If you need help or advice, contact our team.

The cost of commercial kitchen ventilation maintenance varies based on the system’s size and complexity as well as how often maintenance takes place. Our PPM contract starts from as little as £250+VAT per annum. Contact us for a free quote

Yes, our team of engineers are highly trained and experienced in following BESA T19 regulations on all commercial kitchen ventilation maintenance jobs.

Several UK kitchen ventilation regulations apply, including the Building Regulations Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Fire Safety Order 2005, and other Food Safety Regulations.

We understand just how important it is to continue business as usual during maintenance. That’s why we work with you to schedule maintenance at off-peak times, keeping downtime to a minimum. 

If your business does not comply with ventilation regulations you may face fines and potential closure.

The main benefits of regularly maintaining your commercial kitchen ventilation system include improved air quality, fire safety, equipment lifespan, and regulatory compliance.

Daily and weekly cleaning and maintenance should also be performed by kitchen staff between professional visits. Environmental Health Officers will inspect commercial kitchens from time to time and they may want records of your extraction system cleaning as well as a Certificate of Cleanliness and records of professional maintenance.

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