Regulations For FFDS Being Installed On A LPG Griddle

by Jason
(Plymouth)

I brought a catering trailer with a lpg griddle which is fully installed and fixed . I had the gas safety test done but the engineer isn't sure if I can use it as it's not got an ffd is this correct??

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Feb 23, 2016
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concerned to hear that a qualified gas engineer is Unsure
by: Brian

Hi, I must say that I am concerned to hear that a qualified gas engineer is unsure about such a fundamental aspect of gas safety, namely the uncontrolled release combustible gas in a confined space.

Griddles have not been made without safety controls for 20 years or so, in which case the appliance is due replacement. If younger than this, the griddle is likely a non CE marked appliance, so hasn't been subjected to official manufacturers testing.

In any event, LPG is a heavier than air gas that does not easily disperse, the uncontrolled releases inside the appliance poses a real risk, but not an immediate danger.

The appliance is deemed 'at risk' where no other means of safety interlock is provided, it should be turned off and not used. If the appliance is CE marked consult the manufacturer for a safety device upgrade kit, if not CE marked due to age then generic safety controls can be added.

Open burners can be used without safety devices, but again an interlock to control the uncontrolled release of gas is required.


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