The biggest fear of any hotel or stadium/sports centre manager is a fire and the ensuing panic as customers and the general public try to escape. Given the scale of catering services in this business sector and the volume of customers processed in a working week, fire prevention is one of the top priorities for stadium and hotel managers. This is one of the reasons that Swiftclean advises many stadium managers on kitchen fire safety management.
Swiftclean’s specialist knowledge of this sector means that most work we carry out in hotels is done at night and with due regard to the needs of hotel managers to ensure their guests get a good night’s sleep. Not always an easy task when cleaning ventilation systems although our supervisors will always try to minimise disruption to the smooth operation of the hotel.
Your Legal Responsibility
It is estimated that 70% of fires in commercial kitchens, particularly those that serve fast, grilled food, spread via faulty ventilation due to the build-up of fat and grease. Hotels, leisure facilities and stadiums are high risk due to the intensive use of kitchens and high footfall of customers using their facilities. Hotel and stadium managers must ensure that the grease extract systems in kitchens and other food preparation areas are cleaned in accordance with the requirements of buildings insurance policies and Fire Safety regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) regulations (1992). If you don’t comply with your obligations and a fire breaks out, you could find yourself being prosecuted as the Responsible Person and your business could face a charge of corporate manslaughter. Find out more about Kitchen Extract Compliance and Kitchen Extract Cleaning for fire safety.
Stadiums and large hotels usually have multiple kitchens which are not necessarily in use on a daily basis. However, every kitchen within the premises must comply with Health & Safety regulations in respect of grease management. There are set intervals for cleaning according to the amount that each kitchen extract ductwork system is used, maintaining a plan that ensures compliance is essential whilst ensuring it is cost effective.
Hotel and Stadium operators have a legal duty to carry out risk assessments and undertake regular programmes of maintenance in order to prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires disease. Certification of the work and inspections is required to prove that you have done everything required under law. Failure to comply will result in prosecution by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). An outbreak of Legionnaires disease resulting in a death can lead to prosecutions of organisations for corporate manslaughter and individuals for Health & Safety management failings. Find out more about Legionella Compliance and Legionella Control.
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Another very important passive fire prevention measure is the regular testing, cleaning and maintenance of fire dampers. These are metal louvres which can open and close and are installed across the ductwork to form a temporary barrier when closed but allow the free flow of air when open. You may not even be aware that your ventilation system has fire dampers, but they fulfil a very important function, so you must be sure that they are in working order.
In the event of a fire travelling through ductwork, the fire damper must close, to restrict the oxygen supply to the fire and create a barrier which slows the spread of the fire. This buys valuable time in which to safely evacuate customers, especially the more vulnerable and less mobile customers.
There are different types of fire damper; some are spring operated, some have fuseable links and there are other designs which are remotely operated. All types must be regularly tested, using a method known as drop testing, cleaned and maintained. According to he recently updated guidance, BS9999:2017, all fire dampers must now be tested at no more than twelve month intervals.
We can help you locate your fire dampers, create access to inaccessible fire dampers then drop test, clean and maintain them for compliance. More information can be found on our fire dampers page.
Laundry extract systems should form part of the building manager’s fire risk assessment and are covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This advises that laundry extract systems should be regularly inspected and the ductwork cleaned in order to prevent fires. Failure to do so may be construed as negligence and may also compromise your insurance cover, as well as impacting your workers’ health and putting them at increased risk from fire.
Swiftclean Services for the Hotels & Stadium Sector
Swiftclean provide specialist cleaning services for Hotels and Stadiums in accordance with:
- TR/19, section 7, to eliminate the fire risk from kitchen extract ductwork, satisfy the conditions of buildings insurance and help ensure prosecution is avoided. Find out more about Kitchen Extract Cleaning for fire safety.
- The Legionella Control Association (LCA) code of conduct and L8, BSRIA and CIBSE guidelines. Find out more about Legionella Control.
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