Mobile Caterers – busy times

Savvy event organisers have realised that the mobile catering units (fitted with gas-fired catering equipment) they allow on-site need to have been properly tested and certified. Many organisers and site operators now insist that the caterers provide evidence that a gas safety check has been carried out by a competent and qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

Mobile catering units come in all shapes and sizes and contain a variety of equipment depending on the the food being prepared. The common elements found (in many of the more professional units at least) are:

  • Gas cylinders
  • Regulators and changeover valves
  • Emergency control valves
  • Pipework
  • Appliance connections
  • Appliances
  • Ventilation

For many owners / operators of a mobile catering unit the next 6 months are likely to be the busiest time of year. Don’t get caught out and miss part of the busy season because you haven’t had the necessary testing and certification done on time – remember that the law says catering trailers should be inspected every 6 months preferably, but at least every 12 months.

Basic needs **

Gas cylinders

  • Securely mounted, upright
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Only accessible from outside the vehicle

Regulators and changeover valves

  • Appropriate regulators and valves for the amount of gas needed
  • Over-pressure protection

Emergency control valves

  • Fitted in appropriate place
  • Clearly labelled

Pipework

  • Appropriate materials used
  • Adequately supported
  • Protected from damage / corrosion especially if external

Appliance connections

  • Rigid pipework or Flexible LPG hose to BS669-2
  • Isolation valve fitted

Appliances

  • Data badge / CE mark for post 01/01/1996 manufactured appliances
  • Fitted to manufacturer’s instructions
  • ‘Home-made’ appliances to be treated with extreme caution

Ventilation

  • Adequate ventilation is vital
  • Split between high & low levels
  • Extraction canopies where power available or appliance instructions require it

**These points are just notes not a technical specification / requirement. Contact your Gas Safe registered engineer for further information / assistance.