UKLPG to launch new fuel guideline for outdoor use and street food vendors
UKLPG, the trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, has launched new guidelines for the fuel’s use at outdoor events across the country and the growing street food trend.
It has developed the guidelines with the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) and it is being launched today at the Street Food Live exhibition on 26-27 September at Excel, London, on the UKLPG member Clesse’s stand, No.330.
The popularity of street food has helped fuel rapid growth in the outdoor catering sector. According to NCASS, there are around 10,000 outdoor catering operators in the UK, running 13,000 outlets, consuming up to 700,000 cylinders of LPG a year, with rapid growth in street catering attributed to seasonal markets, farmers’ markets and festivals.
The new code provides comprehensive guidance on all aspects of using LPG for cooking in mobile units, tents, marquees and stalls covering areas such as transportation, storage, set up, ventilation and disposal of cylinders.
Richard Hakeem, technical director at UKLPG said: “LPG is the perfect choice of fuel for outside caterers, giving the benefits of gas wherever it is needed. Its portability means it can be used anywhere from a festival field to a beer garden. It is not just used for cooking, but also for heating, power generation and refrigeration, and the codes cover all of the different types of applications, as well as collating in one place all of the legislation and regulations that cover the safe use of LPG. It is designed to be of practical support not just to the operators of catering units, but to local authorities, environmental health officers and health and safety advisors.
“As a clean and green fuel, LPG emissions are significantly less than a diesel generator, and noise levels are negligible too, making it not only good news for the environment but for workers too. But, as a gas, it should be treated with the utmost respect. These guidelines are designed to help all of those involved to fully understand their responsibilities.”
Bob Fox, chief executive at NCASS added: “As our membership grows and outdoor catering becomes increasingly diverse and popular throughout the UK, it is important that the industry puts safety front and centre of all its operations. The new UKLPG Code will prove invaluable in keeping the industry informed of best practice.”