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Preparing for a TR19 audit


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If you run a business that prepares and serves food to the public, you need to be aware of the TR19 regulations. These regulations legally require any business owner to keep their kitchen to the standards set and must be followed.

Taking the relevant steps to make sure you are hitting the TR19 legislation is key. Failure to do so could be catastrophic for both your business and customers. If evidence of regular and certified TR19 audits are not found after a fire then your insurance company will not pay out and you will be liable for any injury to customers too.

How to get ready for a TR19 audit

Before you complete your TR19 audit, you will need to think about preparing for it so you pass.

Firstly, you need to be aware of how often you should perform TR19 maintenance cleaning in your kitchen. This depends on how much use areas within your kitchen have per day - the official advice is:

  • Heavy Use (12 to 16 hours each day) - every three months
  • Moderate Use (six to 12 hours per day) - every six months
  • Light Use (two to six hours each day) - every year

Cleaning your premises before an audit

The areas that are covered by TR19 in your commercial kitchen include any type of canopy or extraction hood, the extract or canopy plenum, kitchen ducting, your extractor fan, the discharge duct and any other extraction systems you have in machines, such as dishwashers. You should also make sure to think about other areas that might see grease build up and clean them too.

All these areas are where grease and fat could build up to cause potential hazards, so must be thoroughly cleaned before your TR19 audit if required. The most crucial level of build up to look out for is any one measurement being above 500um. If this is found, you definitely need an urgent clean of the area right away. If you find a level of 200um as the mean value across the whole system then a complete, deep clean is needed.

The best methods of cleaning for your audit

There are various methods to clean up if needed before your TR19 audit.

  • Removal of all dry grease and residue using scraper.
  • Spray degreaser onto internal metal surfaces
  • The final layer of debris/carbon and grease will be removed using abrasive pads and scourers, together with blue label degreasing agent added to hot water.
  • Wipe off wet residue to a dry finish

Let Kitchen & Duct Cleaning Ltd get you TR19 ready

Here at Kitchen & Duct Cleaning Ltd, we know that preparing for a TR19 audit can seem complicated. If you need help, then let us offer our many years of experience in this sector to your business. Our range of kitchen deep cleaning services covers full kitchen duct cleaning to canopy cleaning and kitchen equipment cleaning.

Give us a call today and see how we can help get you ready for your TR19 audit.

Preparing for a TR19 audit
Article Updated On:
February 11, 2022
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