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Use of gas-fired oven cleaning equipment inside vehicles

Health and Safety Executive - Safety alert
Health and Safety Executive - Safety alert
Department Name: Field Operations Directorate (FOD)
Bulletin No: FOD1 - 2019
Issue Date: 23.10.2019
Target Audience:

Suppliers, installers and users of gas-fired (LPG) oven cleaning equipment provided inside vehicles

Key Issues:

HSE has investigated an incident whereby an oven cleaning van exploded, this has highlighted safety issues with gas-fired oven cleaning equipment provided inside vehicles. If this equipment is not installed and used correctly, it could result in a fire, explosion and/or asphyxiation. All users should take immediate action to comply with the expected health and safety standards, as explained in this safety alert.

Introduction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has become aware of safety issues with gas-fired (LPG) oven cleaning equipment fitted inside vehicles, following an incident whereby a van exploded.

This safety alert provides details on how this equipment should be supplied, installed and used and is targeted at suppliers, installers and users of gas-fired oven cleaning equipment provided inside vehicles.

Background

Mobile oven cleaning services typically use a van equipped with a dip tank to soak oven parts in hot cleaning solution at the customer’s property.  This solution is generally heated either electrically or by a gas burner supplied from a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder carried inside the vehicle. This safety alert solely focuses on the use of gas-fired equipment within these vehicles.

HSE has found that many vehicles fitted with gas-fired oven cleaning equipment are not being set up and used safely, giving rise to the risk of a gas release incident such as a fire, explosion and/or asphyxiation.

Actions Required

In order to operate the gas-fired equipment safely within vehicles, users should ensure:

If gas can be substituted with a substance or process which either eliminates or reduces the risk, then this should be chosen where it is reasonably practicable to do so.

Equipment found in use that presents a risk of serious injury to the users and/or persons in the vicinity will be subject to enforcement action. The expected standards above are not compulsory to follow, and you are free to take other equally effective action but if you do follow these standards you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law in respect of those specific matters that the standards give advice.

Relevant Legal Documents

Further information

For further information, please contact the Concerns and Advice Team.

References

UKLPG Code of Practice 24 – Part 3: Use of LPG for Commercial Catering Events, Street Food and Mobile Catering', on UKLPG's website.

General note

Please share this information with a colleague who may have this product/ equipment or operate this type of system/process.

2019-10-23