UKLPG, the UK’s LPG industry trade body, has published an amendment to their Code of Practice document (CoP 24 Part 3) that covers Outdoor Catering. This document provides guidance for the use of LPG for the temporary installation of appliances in commercial catering environments, such as marquees and temporary structures.
Caterer’s need to be aware of the following changes to ensure that adequate provisions have been put in place at the planning stages.
- Where less than 400kg of LPG (eight 47kg gas bottles) is to be stored, then a distance of 1m is required between gas bottles and buildings, marquees, boundaries and any fixed sources of ignition. If more than 400kg of LPG is required (more than eight gas bottles), then the minimum distance is 3m.
- Gas hoses for appliances should not exceed in 1.5m length, and be flexible hosing or tubing to the required BS EN standard. Orange hoses do not meet this standard and therefore Caterflex style or braided orange hose should be used.
- Gas cylinders must always be installed in an upright position, with valves uppermost and should be located:
- In the open air
- On firm, level, hard standing ground
- Restrained in a suitably designed cylinder stand
- Remain accessible at all times
- Not obstructing any access or emergency exits
- 2m away from drains and gullies
- Only the required number of gas bottles required to meet the maximum offtake of the appliances, and the same again as reserve, should be connected at any one time. This must be calculated on each individual kitchen.
- All pipework installations will require over pressure protection (OPSOs).
- Installations must have a minimum separation of 600mm to any flammable surface, including the gap behind appliances to canvas tents.
- All appliances must have Flame Failure Devices.
- Where extraction canopies are fitted in marquees or temporary structures, the canopy shall over hang the appliances by 250mm on each side and the front, the flue shall be mounted and secured to a firm base, and the canopy must be electronically interlocked to the gas system.
Jongor Hire has a team of Gas Safe registered engineers, meaning that all appliances are installed in accordance with the Gas Safety regulations 1998, manufacturer’s instructions and other relevant British Standards.
If you work within the event and hospitality industry and are looking to hire catering equipment, Jongor have over 40 years’ experience. Should you have any queries or would like to find out how we could help, contact us on 0117 955 6739 to speak to a member of our friendly team today.