As a commercial catering business, you have certain responsibilities you need to fulfill if you want your business to adhere to regulatory standards, and this is particularly true when it comes to the equipment you use. Commercial catering equipment runs the gamut from hobs and cookers to ovens and everything in between, and as a catering business, you have other responsibilities which regular restaurant or food businesses may not have. If you are planning to buy second-hand or used commercial catering equipment, for instance, there are some considerations you need to think about.
Since your appliances and equipment are constantly used, they need to undergo servicing on a regular basis. This will ensure that they perform as efficiently as possible and that you can avoid risks that can compromise everyone’s safety. Your staff also needs to be properly trained on how to operate commercial catering equipment, since some accidents can be caused by improper use as well. But regular servicing is essential if you would like to prevent unfortunate incidents related to gas safety and usage, and servicing has the added benefit of prolonging the lifespan and enhancing the efficiency of your equipment.
Pointers on buying second-hand equipment
There are certain pointers you should follow when purchasing second-hand catering equipment, and speaking to a competent and qualified professional, such as commercial catering equipment specialists in London from Gasway Commercial, can give you the advice and information you need.
Since second-hand equipment often lacks a service history, you need to have the equipment checked by a professional before it is used. The equipment must be checked for the following: whether it is safe to use, whether it is suitable for the kind of gas you are planning to use, whether it is gas-tight and in good condition, whether it is controlled by a regulator for gas pressure, whether it is fitted with properly-working knobs (and whether they are original or replacements), and whether it meets the parameters for proper combustion.
A Gas Safe registered engineer can help you make sure that the second-hand catering equipment you are planning to use is completely safe and efficient. The engineer will provide you with a full and complete inspection of your catering equipment and appliances and will make sure to test the appliances to see if they are performing according to expectations. If there is any defect in the appliance or equipment, the engineer should be able to recommend a suitable action, such as repair or full replacement.
When you are running a business, you have a number of obligations, especially in regard to the safety of your workers and customers. By ensuring that your second-hand equipment is operating as expected, you are effectively enhancing the safety of everyone concerned and be successful in your business.