Decommissioning Grease Management Systems
The Grease Contractors Association (GCA) has issued guidance to food service establishments (FSEs) on safely decommissioning their kitchen grease management systems following the closure of cafes, pubs and restaurant that do not serve takeaway food in the UK.
The GCA is a non-profit organisation of specifiers, installers, maintainers and manufacturers of grease management systems, administered by trade association British Water. Its equipment preservation guidance has been sent to industry trade associations and sets out steps that can be taken, if safe to do so, to protect equipment while businesses are closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Information included relates to bio-dosing pumps, grease removal units and passive traps; as well as advice on how to avoid a build-up of hazardous bacteria and odour while equipment is not in use.
In addition to its grease management guidance notes, in partnership with the Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA), GCA has produced a guide to decommissioning all kitchen equipment.
Lila Thompson, chair of the GCA and chief executive of British Water, says:
“The Covid-19 outbreak is having an unprecedented impact on the food service industry and the thoughts of GCA members are with FSEs and their customers at this time.
“This advice is intended to prolong the life of kitchen grease management systems, so they will be ready to use safely when restaurant and cafe doors reopen. If it is safe to do so, taking these steps now will ensure a smoother recommissioning process when the food service sector is back in business.”
“As with the entire supply chain, our GCA members are also feeling the impact of the crisis. British Water is therefore currently hosting regular video calls for members, where they can voice concerns and hear useful advice from industry peers.”
Additional information is available at www.greasecontractors.org.