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Solid fuel oven users 'should take ownership of risk'

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People have to take responsibility for the potential dangers of using solid fuel appliances such as indoor barbecues and stoves.

This is according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has spoken to the catering equipment sector after it was alerted to cases where the appliances had not been installed correctly or were being used inappropriately. 

Speaking to Catering Insight, a spokesman for the HSE said the responsibility for ensuring safety rests firmly with the person or people responsible for creating the risk in the first place. 

"Following the discussions [in April], we're now providing support to the duty holders involved here as they produce advice and guidance for end-users.

"We're aware that one major supplier of solid fuel appliances has already provided additional specific practical advice to its customers and more generic guidance will be made available to industry as soon as a full consultation with specialists on the technical aspects has been carried out," he added.

If caterers intend to use solid fuel ovens, adequate ventilation has to be in place to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. As well as this, the body advises companies to make sure they have a competent person on-site to deal with any problems that crop up. 

This is not the only appliance-related concern in the industry at the moment. The Catering Equipment Suppliers' Association recently asked  dishwasher manufacturers for their views on safety best practice.

Indeed, a meeting was held on June 28th in an effort to focus on this event. Among the major issues up for discussion at the summit were equipment performance, training requirements and third party validation services.

After opinions have been canvassed, a guide will be produced and it is hoped this will help to limit the spread of bacteria such as E coli. The guidance is going to have a particular focus on helping small businesses, who may not be as well informed as bigger businesses. ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801608796-ADNFCR

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