The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Non-Compliance is Risky for Catering

15 January 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

The National Association of Air Duct-Cleaners UK (NAADUK) has published a technical guidance document outlining how businesses must comply with regulations.

Every year numerous prohibition notices are slapped on sites for violation of the relevant regulation EC852. Of the 24,000 accidental fires per year in commercial properties, approximately 6,000 are attributed to cooking and extraction systems and more than 80% f kitchen extract ducts in the UK are never cleaned.

NAADUK believes that following the advice in its technical guidance note NAAD1: 2015, businesses involved in food production from farms to restaurants:

  • Could avoid the costly retrofit of panels/post-build work to provide access.

  • Reduce the number of inaccessible sections of ductwork.

  • Avoid the replacement of inaccessible ductwork.

  • Reduce the need for more expensive cleaning methods and specialist access equipment.

  • Avoid unsafe cleaning methods and work practices and reduce the likelihood of fires and fines.

Under Regulation EC852/2004 which affects organisations operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and became effective on 1 January 2006, there must be:

  • Suitable and sufficient means of natural or mechanical ventilation.

  • Mechanical airflow from a contaminated area to a clean area must be avoided.

  • Ventilation systems must be constructed so as to enable filters and other parts requiring cleaning or replacement to be readily accessible.

NAADUK’s guidance note provides advice on the practicalities behind the term ‘readily accessible’ which includes 17 examples of constraints to access, their considered resolutions and the associated implications.

For further information visit the website:

Picture: Commercial catering businesses may be failing in compliance of new regulations for ductwork – like the example shown – that came into effect this month

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 15 January 2016


Related Tags

Related Articles

Compass Group Finalises Deal to Acquire CH&CO

Compass Group UK & Ireland has completed the deal to acquire the catering company, CH&CO.  As part of the deal, catering brands Gather & Gather,...

 Read Full Article
Sodexo Embraces Carbon Labelling at 300 UK and Ireland Sites

As part of its sustainable catering plans, Sodexo is introducing carbon labelling on its menus. The new labels will show the carbon impact of a particular meal choice,...

 Read Full Article
How AI Checkouts Can Revolutionise Decision Making in Facilities Management 

AI checkouts have ushered in a new era of data-driven decision-making, transforming how FMs manage their catering operations.  In this Opinion piece, Sergii...

 Read Full Article
Levy Extends Partnership With Sheffield United Football Club

Catering and hospitality company Levy UK + Ireland has extended its partnership with Sheffield United Football Club with a ten-year catering contract. Levy will...

 Read Full Article
Sodexo Signs New FM Contract With AstraZeneca

Sodexo has re-signed a five-year facilities management and food services deal with pharmaceutical and biotechnology company AstraZeneca. The companies have worked...

 Read Full Article
Sodexo Retains FM Contract With Wellington College in Berkshire

Sodexo has re-signed a ten-year soft FM contract with private school Wellington College in Berkshire. The contract is worth approximately £80 million and...

 Read Full Article
Catering Companies Prepare for World’s Largest Climate-Football Campaign

A national campaign will see more than 85 of the UK’s top football clubs promote plant-based burgers, pies and hotdogs. Between 2-5 February, the whole of the...

 Read Full Article
ISS Wins Catering Contract With Kent and Medway NHS Trust

A five-year contract to provide catering services for Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has been won by ISS. 50 new food host jobs will be created...

 Read Full Article
Compass Group Agrees to Acquire CH&CO

Compass Group UK & Ireland has proposed to acquire the food business CH&CO. The deal is for an initial enterprise value of £475 million, with the...

 Read Full Article
Sodexo Announces Year-On-Year Increase in Popularity of Meat-Free Meals

Across the 2.7 million meals sold in Sodexo’s UK and Ireland client sites in 2023, 11 per cent were vegan or vegetarian, an increase of one per cent from...

 Read Full Article