Sections 1 & 2 Introduction & Scope and Design & Construction

…Code of Practice 24 – Part 3 ( UKLPG CoP 24 Part 3)

Who / what is covered?

getting it wrong with LPG

Getting it wrong with LPG

If you are using, or planning to use, any LPG fuelled catering appliances for commercial purposes in a temporary location (on land – not at sea) then these rules probably apply to you. Some things mentioned are: gazebos, marquees, tents, market stalls and similar temporary structures. It also covers the use of mobile catering vehicles & similar commercial units with fixed installations of gas-fired appliances supplied from LPG cylinders.

If in doubt read the full Code of Practice (CoP) and/or contact your professional catering engineer who will be able to clarify whether or not your situation is covered by this document. It is worth remembering that if your situation isn’t covered by this CoP it will almost certainly be covered by another one which has similarly stringent requirements to ensure safety for the users and surrounding people. There is a list of who / what isn’t covered by UKLPG CoP 24 Part 3 in the document with pointers to other relevant documents.

Design & Construction considerations

Firstly, the temporary structures (build-ups, gazebos etc) shall be erected in accordance with manufacturers / suppliers instructions (they had to jump through hoops to get their product to market so the theory is they know how best to put it all together). Also, of course the siting of the structure needs to be in accordance with the CoP – details are included in the document.

If you are using a mobile catering vehicle there is a long list of rules and regulations about the way the gas cylinders need to be transported and used. Some of the basics are listed below – but you need to know them all so read the full CoP or get clear instructions from a qualified professional.

  • Cylinders must transported upright and restrained and you shall only have as much as is needed (know the numbers!)
  • Locker / compartment in which cylinders are transported shall
    • be permanently ventilated to the outside (know the numbers!),
    • fire-protected (able to withstand 30 minutes of fire)
    • minimise risk in a road accident
    • be gas tight to the interior of the vehicle
    • allow for unobstructed access to changeover devices and pressure regulations
    • be readily accessible only from outside the vehicle
    • be secure to prevent un-authorised access
    • not be close to exhaust pipes or other sources of heat (know the numbers!)

Buying a mobile catering trailer or van conversion also has some specific requirements:

  • a certificate of compliance from a Gas Safe Registered engineer (BS EN 1949: 2011)
  • a current tightness test certificate IGEM/UP/1B
  • written confirmation that all appliances have been installed in accordance with the manufacturers instructions (your Gas Safe Engineer can provide suitable documentation to overcome this if he feels it is OK to do so following an inspection).
  • copies of the appliance manufacturers installation and instruction manuals
  • service records for each appliance

Please note: Throughout this series of articles we have used the word ‘shall’ in all circumstances rather than swapping between should and shall. The difference is important and the CoP specifies which are mandatory and which are not – your LPG certified Gas Engineer can help you to understand where there is any scope. By using ‘shall’ in all circumstances here we are reducing the impact of any misinterpretation caused by our paraphrasing of the code of practice.