How to entice clean and cold efficiency

Quietly efficient refrigeration for Hush St Pauls from Williams cropEven though being green is trumpeted by catering equipment manufacturers and end users keen to attract environmentally-minded diners, ultimately it is often cost that determines whether an appliance is included in a commercial kitchen specification.

So how can manufacturers convince dealers that green is also good for business?

“Energy saving and sustainability should be every catering equipment buyer’s watchwords,” according to Williams Refrigeration’s sales and marketing director, Malcolm Harling.

“Not just because it’s right for the planet, but also because it makes solid business sense, especially with equipment that uses energy 24/7 – like refrigeration.”

He cited staff training as a key strategy: “No matter how efficient the refrigeration, if the door is left open then energy is wasted!” he emphasised.

Williams is developing a number of training aids, including ‘how to’ videos which can be viewed on its website.

“Williams operates a continuous improvement policy and strive to use best available technology when introducing new products to market,” said Harling.

He believes this is evident in the manufacturer’s latest model, the Jade Slimline, which is the first in its range to be fitted with Williams’ new energy-efficient compressors.

Supply and fit parts to repair the steam function on a rational Oven

Cemco’s most recent job was to supply and fit parts to repair the steam function on a rational Oven.

This was for a commercial Kitchen in Swanage, Dorset

Repair steam funtion on a rational oven in Swanage Dorset

Cemco’s latest job was to supply and fit parts to repair the steam funtion on a rational oven in Swanage Dorset.

If your commercial kitchen need repairs to any of it’s catering equipment, please contact Cemco today.

New safety thermostats fitted in Poole

Cemco’s latest job was to visit a new site in Poole to fit new safety thermostats and honeywell gas thermostats. The pans were then tested and calibrated to 185 centigrade.

LPG Catering Trailer Testing

LPG Trailer TestingCatering Trailers must have six Monthly Gas Safety Inspections, leading to Certification if  the Vehicle passes all safety testing.

Cemco are happy to undertake Catering Trailer Gas Safety checks in line with GSIUR regulations and advise on equipment and installations should they fall short of the recommendations.

Please contact Cemco today to undertake all services, repairs and safety checks for all major southwest outdoor events!

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

which is  one of the documents  along with the NCASS Code of Practices  that sets out the requirements for our industry.

If like me by now you are feeling confused don’t feel bad, I thought that it was CORGI that looked after all this kind of stuff, and it was, that is until they changed last year to GAS Safe and now no longer set standards but simply maintain the register for GAS Safe engineers.

So where does this all leave us, the humble caterer trying to make a living?.

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 every 6 months…whether the Trailer is used primarily for the summer season or not…. 6 months is the required Certification length.

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.

This has now come to the attention of both Gas safe and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who  are taking action against these engineers.

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

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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.

Does your Catering Trailer meet current Gas Safe Legislation ?

Commercial Dishwasher Installation, Bristol

Cemco have recently installed a new Hobart Dishwasher with built in water treatment unit for Bloomfield Care Home in Bristol.

Cemco removed the old dishwasher and supplied the new one.

If you have a commercial dishwasher that need repairs or replacing, please contact Cemco today for our very competitive rates.