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Gas appliances installation and maintenance standard is updated by BSI

7 September 2020 

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, has published BS 6173:2020: Installation and maintenance of gas fired catering appliances for use in all types of catering establishments (2nd and 3rd family gases). Specification. This newly revised British Standard aims to improve the accuracy of installation and maintenance tests of gas fired catering appliances.  

The publication coincides with catering establishments reporting that they have been required to close unnecessarily due to equipment failing tests that were not of themselves accurate. The methodology outlined in the BS 6173:2020 can help improve the accuracy of the newly cited test procedures.

The standard covers the safe installation, servicing and maintenance of new and previously-used gas fired commercial catering appliances that burn 2nd or 3rd family gases, including natural and liquefied petroleum gas. It applies to a wide range of appliances, such as cookers, fish and chip frying ranges, fryers, ovens, café boilers and urns, bain-marie units, tandoori ovens, kebab grills and barbecues. It also applies to the installation of typical domestic cookers or leisure appliances such as barbecues when installed in commercial catering sites or establishments.

It has been prepared by experts* across the fields of gas, catering and food industries. It will be used by commercial catering gas installers, commercial catering kitchen designers and facilities management companies to ensure accurate testing.

The standard is available for download here:   

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Notes to the editor

*Committee members

BESA (Building Engineering Services Association), British Gas Services, Energy and Utility Skills Ltd, FEA (Foodservice Equipment Association), Gas Safe Register, HHIC (Heating and Hotwater Industry Council), Heating Engineers & Allied Trades Federation Ltd, ICOM Energy Association, Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, Liquid Gas UK, National Landlords Association, OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association), The Building Services Research and Information Association, CESA (Catering Equipment Suppliers Association)