As someone who works in, or designs, commercial kitchens, you know how heat, fluids and fats in your kitchen can impact worker and food safety.
Drainage can exacerbate these factors, so at ACO we’re committed to developing solutions that minimise risks of injury, eliminate complications like unpleasant smells or clogged pipes and also helps to save time and expenses.
Minimising risks of injury
Slips and trips are a risk in any workplace, but commercial kitchens are at particular risk thanks to the floors often being oily, wet and with food scraps on the floor.
Along with regular cleaning to remove such hazards, drainage can play a real part in reducing the risk of slips. At ACO, we advocate for drainage grates and flooring to have the same slip resistance as differences in ratings cause slip hazards.
Reducing odours and pipe blockages
The wastewater generated by commercial kitchens is rich in fats, oils and grease (FOG) and if discharged down the drain, they can solidify in pipework and cause pipe blockages, undesirable odours and can compromise the hygiene of your kitchen.
To mitigate this risk, grease traps are required for commercial kitchens to clean the wastewater before it enters the sewer system. Depending on the application, you might need an above ground, or below ground grease trap. Grease traps are often overlooked in the design, but can be the difference between a smoothly running kitchen and a smelly one!
Sometimes, space restrictions mean that grease traps have to be located in customer facing areas, rather than back of house. ACO has a range of automation stages to reduce the impact of odour on operations during pump-outs. To learn more, check out our automation stages here, or contact us.
A well designed kitchen with an effective wastewater system benefits its customers, owners, workers and the environment in general. ACO offers complete solutions and services which cover the needs of every kitchen. To learn more, contact us today.