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DW/172 HVCA Specification for Kitchen Ventilation Systems

‘Since its publication in 1999, the HVCA’s Standard for Kitchen Ventilation Systems (DW/171) has sold an impressive 2,300 copies. More importantly, it has become widely acknowledged as the standard for kitchen ventilation design throughout in the UK.' Please note this is preview copy of the document.

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Ventilation In Catering Kitchens - HSE Information Sheet No 10

‘This guidance provides information on ventilation requirements for kitchens. The guidance will assist caterers in assessing whether existing ventilation is adequate. It will also be useful for planning the ventilation specification for new or refurbished kitchens. The guidance advises on management as well as design and performance issues that are specific to catering.’

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DEFRA Control of Odour and Noise From Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems

‘Problems associated with nuisance odour and noise emissions from commercial kitchen exhausts are very common, particularly in urban areas where housing may be adjacent to or even immediately above catering premises. These premises might include pubs, clubs, restaurants and takeaways that may be open until the early hours of the morning.’

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Gas Safe Register Technical Bulletin 140 (12th April 2012)

‘This Technical Bulletin has been developed in conjunction with the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and replaces HSE Guidance Note Catering Information Sheet 23 (CAIS23) for the catering sector, providing technical information for Gas Safe registered businesses/engineers and commercial kitchen designers.’

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