The World Of Hospitality Issue 12 2015 - Page 114

114 safety at height the World Of Hospitality occasions there is no access provision and it is impractical to use a Mobile Elevated Work Platform. We recently came across the GlideLoc Fall Arrest Ladder System supplied by Safety At Height and have found it to be the ideal solution in providing safe and effective access. Our technicians feel confident as they are attached at all times at any working height. They also find the intermediate folding footrests ideal to stand on as they carry out their cleaning activities’. Height Safety Solution without Compromise The GlideLoc Fall Arrest System is a fixed ladder that can be anchored to the wall adjacent to the vertical duct riser. It offers building owners a discrete and safe means of access. The user is equipped with a Full Body Harness and a Shock Absorbing Traveller. The Traveller fits between his harness and the central fall arrest rail of the ladder. Should a slip occur, it locks in position and prevents a major fall and injury. The System can be fitted with folding footrests along its length. These are ideal to give the user a ‘firm footing’ whilst working off the ladder. These is particularly useful when cleaning is done through inspection hatches. Height Safety for Personnel within the Hospitality Sector has never been more important. Working at height is so often an essential part of life for people employed in maintenance and cleaning activities. In 2013-14 the HSE reported that falls from height were still the most common cause of fatalities, accounting for nearly three in ten (29%) fatal injuries to workers. One key issue facing many organisation who produce food within the catering and hospitality sectors is the cleaning of cooking extraction ducts and risers. In new premises gaining access to do this is seldom a problem as the extraction system will be an integral part of the building design. This however is not the case for older buildings where the extraction duct system frequently runs vertically up the outside facade. Such ductwork presents one of the most serious and common fire hazards in a building. Of the 24000 accidental fires per year in commercial properties, around a quarter are attributed to cooking and extraction systems. Kitchen-extract systems build up grease, oil and other residues. If these deposits are left to build up within the extract duct and fans, they can ignite and cause fire to spread rapidly throughout the entire ducting system. As extraction ducts may often be routed through the outside it is possible the entire property is consumed by fire. The key issue is removing the grease along the full length of the duct, thereby removing the fuel or ‘combustion load’ which reduces the potential of induct fires. If a system has only been partially cleaned there is still a potentially lethal fire hazard contained within the duct. The central spine of the ladder can be used to ‘work position’ the user enabling two-hand working. The Fall Arrest Ladder comes in two main designs: The GlideLoc ‘Twin’ Ladder offers clients a fixed rigid access system. The Fire Service offers the following recommendations: Why carry out cleaning and maintenance?  You will reduce the risk of fire.  It prevents the build-up of grease deposits and bacteria within your kitchen extraction system.  Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 your extract systems need to be included in your fire risk assessment, with action taken to minimize any potential fire risk to buildings and occupants.  Failure to carry out proper cleaning and maintenance could lead to a reach of Environmental Health regulations and could invalidate your fire insurance policy. How often should I clean ductwork? Ideally you should measure the rate of build-up of grease on the internal surfaces of the ductwork. If this is not possible your cleaning work should be planned around the level of use:  Heavy use (12-16 hours per day) - Clean every 3 months  Moderate use (6-12 hours per day) – Clean Every 6 months  Light use (2-6 hours per day) - Clean every 12 months The GlideLoc ‘PivotLoc’ is a unique folding fall arrest ladder which offers an astatically pleasing and secure means of access London Fire Brigade is called to one fire every day which start in the kitchen extraction systems and ductwork of businesses like pubs, cafés, hotels and restaurants. Many of these are due to inadequate maintenance and cleaning. The Expert’s View Build-up of grease in vertical duct It is therefore of the upmost importance for those within the catering and hospitality industries to have kitchen extract ductwork cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. We asked Kevin Moran, Managing Director of industry cleaning specialist Deep Clean Ltd. to offer a view on the current market and associated access problems. ‘Most companies in the hospitality and cratering industries are aware of the legal obligations to have a maintenance and cleaning programme for the extraction systems and ducting. One of our most common problems is how to gain access to external vertical risers on older buildings. On many For more assistance with your height safety contact Safety At Height Ltd. +44 (0) 161 449 5615 or visit