The commercial kitchen is a hazardous area that should be monitored for both toxic and combustible gas hazards. Whether propane or methane is used for combustion, a variety of cooking equipment present a constant flammable danger to workers. In addition to this, carbon monoxide, the by-product of incomplete combustion, can be present at unsafe levels. Without the exhaust fan in operation, you are exposing yourself to carbon monoxide, a gas that on average kills around 150 people per year according to the CPSC.

In a working environment employers have a duty of care for all of the employees’, so their safety and wellbeing should be the top priority. The law is very clear on who is responsible should the unthinkable happen.

American Gas Safety has developed a system that ensures the Exhaust Fan is in operation before allowing gas to be released to the cooking appliances. Their system continuously monitors the exhaust fan with either an Air Flow Switch or a Current Monitoring device to determine there is voltage going up to the fan. By using one of the gas interlock systems, a chef or staff member is prevented from cooking until the fan is operational, resulting in a safer working environment.

For extra safety, the Merlin system also has connections for Carbon Monoxide Detection, Methane Detection, LPG Detection, Carbon Dioxide Sensing and Remote Emergency Gas Shut off. The Merlin system also has added features for links to fire alarms and ansul systems.

For more information on AGS’ Gas Ventilation Interlock and Pressure Proving Systems, click here.