For those that don’t know, and that includes almost all of us, the gas equipment and installation in commercial kitchens comes under a piece of legislation called The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (GSIUR) for short.
These regulations have been in existence since 1998, but seem to have been missed when it comes to installations at outdoor events.
But we now have the opinion of several leading industry bodies that catering equipment and installations used within trailers and marquees, tents stalls and pop ups come under the GUISR.
We have been aware of this for a long time with trailers and as you will have noticed pretty much all event organisers and employers now demand a Gas Safe certificate before they will let you trade, so this came as no surprise.
But the grey area has always been caterers that use any of the other types of structures that we see around today at events and festivals in particular.
This has come to light this season as many organisers are asking for gas certificates for all types of installations and gas engineers have not got any guidance documents to tell them what to check and how to check it, by mid season we were even getting calls from fire officers and environmental health officers asking what the rules were.
As it happens this coincided with a rewrite of UKLPG ( the trade Association for the LPG industry) Code of Practice 24
Catering Trailers / Vehicles
1) It is a legal requirement to have all mobile catering vehicles and trailers that have gas equipment installed, inspected by a Gas Safe registered engineer at least every 12 months.
2) Unless made before 1996 all gas equipment must be of a proprietary manufacture and be CE marked, which means that it has been tested by an approved test house, and conforms to a European standard.
To have none CE equipment installed means that the Gas Safe Engineer should not issue a certificate. The fact is that some Gas Safe engineers are issuing certificates to trailers that have none CE marked equipment for whatever reason.
Even more worrying is that this could easily render the caterers insurance void as most policies have a clause in them to say that the insured must be operating within the law to be covered under the policy
3) It is illegal to remove or replace any piece of gas equipment; the only exception to this is if the equipment has been fitted with ‘snap connector’ type hoses unless you are a Gas Safe registered engineer
4) It is illegal to service a piece of Gas equipment unless you are a Gas Safe registered engineer
A Gas Safe engineer has to have additional qualifications to work on LPG catering equipment so make sure that the engineer working in your business is suitably qualified.
Marquees, tents, stalls and gazebos
The difference between catering trailers and marquees, tents etc is that each time you set up the kitchen in legal terms you create an installation.
Under the GSIUR as it stands, if the installation is anything more than a single appliance connected to a cylinder via the hose and regulator, it requires the services of a Gas Safe engineer to certify:
a) That he appliances are up to standard
b) To install the appliances and the supply pipework
c) Test the installation, make sure it’s safe, and issue a certificate
d) To dismantle the installation.
Before you think that’s OK I’ll just have a bottle for each appliance, that isn’t allowed either because that would lead to a massive amount of ‘open or live’ cylinders on a site.