What Is a TR19 and Why do I need it?
When running a commercial kitchen there is a standard to which you need to keep your kitchen held to, so that you avoid hazards, including dangers to the general public and your employees. So a company was set up dedicated to upholding kitchen standards and protecting the general public, they decided to make this easier by providing a book with guidelines to be followed to regulate these standards, this book is known as the TR19.
Since the introduction of the TR19, it has nowbeen made into a law that you are required to present a document showing that your kitchen has been cleaned to this standard, this is to be presented to your insurance companies so that in the event of a fire, you will not be held accountable, and instead the company in which cleaned your kitchen will be the persons liable.
Some of the areas which are covered in the cleaning process of a TR19 include all of the ducting, which is required to be cleaned to a point where throughout the whole system there is no grease along the ducts that exceeds a thickness of 500um, this is to prevent fire hazards from occurring, due to the heat, airflow and flammability of the grease in a kitchen it is paramount to make sure the grease does not exceed this thickness.
Over time your extraction fans will also build up a dust and grease deposits which can be very harmful to your entire kitchen, not only will the ducting be effected, but your entire establishment due to the air not being extracted. It is harmful to your kitchen because the clearance of the fan blades is significantly reduced between the blade edges and the inner casing, the reason this happens is down to the fact that the dust and grease combined forms a thick layer which over time builds up reducing the gap over time. This will slow the fans rotation per minute down a surprising amount, which will also make the motor work harder, straining it. This in turn will cause damage to the motor.
If the air is not escaping this will end up being absorbed by the walls and ceiling which will end up being discoloured, mould will build up very fast due to the dampness which will eventually mean you need to strip down the walls for a complete makeover, this will be very costly.
If within your establishment a fire takes place, from areas within your kitchen such as the ducting, and you are not able to provide a TR19 to certify that your kitchen has been cleaned to the correct standard, you will be liable for any persons involved in the fire that have been harmed. This will mean prosecution, loss of business, large fines, and even imprisonment if the damage caused to the persons involved is extensive enough.
Here at OvenKing we hope this information will help you realise the importance of maintaining your kitchen standards and will help you to understand the reasons why it is needed.
If you think you might require a professional team to give your commerical kitchen a clean, call OvenKing now on 01202 705045