Grease Cleaning Process
Thicker deposits of grease are removed from the duct walls
by using different sized and different shaped scrapers and
A chemical cleaning fluid known as SPD 848 is sprayed on
to the inner surfaces of the ducting, the chemical then
begins to break down the grease. The inner walls of the
ducting are then manually wiped which removes the grease
deposits. All wipes are then bagged and removed from site
on completion of the cleaning works and disposed of as per
Local Authority requirements.
Eurocom Technical Services will issue a certificate for any
systems or ducting that has received a clean to certify that
at the time of testing, all areas inspected were in accordance
with current legislation.
Post Clean Report
A full report which contains before and after pictures, method
statements and MSDS sheets will be issued on completion, detailing
the conditions found in each system and any appropriate documentation
for necessary works maintenance procedures required.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires those
responsible for workplaces to carry out a fire risk assessment
of their premises including grease extraction systems and
take action to eliminate, or at the very least, to minimise
risks to the safety of building occupants.
Should the Responsible Person have failed to
carry out fire risk assessments and not taken appropriate
action to protect the safety of building occupants, liability
for criminal prosecution will arise in the event of a fire
causing injury or death to occupants.
Insurers can ask for evidence to be shown that the new Fire
Safety Order is being complied with. As a high fire risk,
the grease extract system should be cleaned at least annually
and many policies make this a minimal requirement under the
terms of the insurance.
Insurers are becoming more inquisitive, primarily because
fire claims and compensation costs are increasing rapidly.
The attitude dont worry, were insured
is more and more inappropriate for todays buildings
owners and managers. Failure to have complied with the legislation
will provide grounds for insurers to dispute claims in the
event of fire.
Risk Assessment = probability x consequence
If a building has a grease extract ventilation system then
its most likely to have some level of risk it
may not have been cleaned thoroughly, due to lack of sufficiently
installed access panels. Also it may not have been cleaned
regularly enough to match the type of cooking being carried
out (deep fat frying and wok cooking produce higher volumes
of airborne grease).
The consequence of a fire occurring in the grease extract
system can be devastating not just to the property and the
future of the business where the kitchen is located, but also
to the lives of the occupants. Fires at South Mimms Service
Area, the Witney Town Centre and several hotels bear witness
to the high cost of damage and disruption caused by fires
in grease extract systems.
Assessing the Risk
As a first step, Eurocom will carry out a detailed survey
to assess works required of your grease extract system; this
survey would highlight areas where action is required to prevent
the possible risk of fire. If works are undertaken on completion
of works a photographic and written report will be supplied.
Eliminating the Risk
Eliminating the fire risks can only be achieved by professional
deep cleaning with an understanding of the unique requirements
of this type of system which is beyond the capabilities
of general cleaners. Our fully trained and equipped workforce
will restore the system to a clean fire safe state,
capable of meeting the industry standards set by the B&ES
TR19, now widely accepted by the industry as the benchmark
for cleanliness within grease extract systems. Where access
to the internal surfaces of the system is not already in
place, Eurocom will install access doors at regular intervals
of 1.5 meters to allow a thorough clean of the system. All
access doors will be fire rated to the stipulation of the
In some cases vertical risers may be difficult to access
using conventional means so qualified rope access teams can
help with these problems. Special rates can be offered for
Evidence of Compliance
On completion of the deep cleaning a Certificate of Conformity
will be provided. This certificate can be shown to insurers
as evidence that you have taken appropriate action to eliminate
risks to your building and its occupants thereby complying
with the Fire Safety Order and the terms of any property insurance.