BS 6173 Installation and maintenance of gas fired catering appliances for use in all types of catering establishments (2nd and 3rd family gases). Specification

BS 6173:2020

Installation and maintenance of gas fired catering appliances for use in all types of catering establishments (2nd and 3rd family gases). Specification

Status : Current   Published : March 2020



What is BS 6173:2020 about?

This British Standard covers the safe installation, servicing and maintenance of new and previously-used gas-fired commercial catering appliances that burn 2nd or 3rd family gases (i.e. natural gas and LPG respectively).

BS 6173:2020 applies to commercial cookers, fish and chip frying ranges, fryers, ovens, café boilers and urns, bain-marie units, tandoori ovens, kebab grills and barbecues, and domestic cookers when used in a commercial catering setting (as opposed to primarily domestic premises supplying a small number of clients on a “B&B” basis).

Who is BS 6173:2020 for?

  • Commercial catering gas installers
  • Commercial catering kitchen designers
  • Independent consultants
  • Facilities management companies

Why should you use BS 6173:2020?

This standard should be adopted because since 2009 some catering establishments have been closed unnecessarily due to equipment failing tests that were not of themselves accurate. By implementing the methodology within BS 6173:2020, these establishments would not now be closed due to the improved accuracy of the newly cited test procedures.

It’s therefore important that test houses purchase this standard to implement these changes in monitoring and equipment testing as it will enable more commercial kitchens to remain open. As well as continuity improvements from the use of current appliances, there will be financial savings for catering establishments all over the UK who use these testing systems.

NOTE: BS 6273:2020 doesn’t apply to LPG catering installations in mobile catering vehicles (see UKLPG CoP 24, Parts 3 and 4 [N3, N4].

What’s new about BS 6173:2020?

This revision introduces a type of constant appliance monitoring that will make commercial kitchen installations significantly safer. 


Standard NumberBS 6173:2020
TitleInstallation and maintenance of gas fired catering appliances for use in all types of catering establishments (2nd and 3rd family gases). Specification
Publication Date31 March 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 161, BS 1179-6, CP 342-2, BS 6920-1, BS EN 12056-2, BS 4800, BS 6230, BS 8558, BS 669-2, BS 6891, BS 7671, BS 5546, BS EN 50543
Informative References(Provided for Information)Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, BS EN 60309-1, Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006, BS EN 203-1, BS EN 12464-1, Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, BS EN 203-2, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Gas Appliance (Safety) Regulations 1995, Gas Cooking Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1989, BS 8313, BS EN 60529, Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, BS 1363-1, Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 2009, Food Hygiene (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2006, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, Health and Safety (Gas) (Guernsey) Ordinance 2006, BS 1363-2, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004, Building Regulations 2010, Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994, Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014, Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
ReplacesBS 6173:2009
Draft Superseded By19/30379519 DC
Descriptors2nd family gases, Commercial, Cookers, Commissioning, Catering equipment, Food warmers, Gas-powered devices, Installation, Ventilation, Gas pipes, Kitchens, Safety measures, Maintenance, Cooking appliances, Fire safety, 3rd family gases, Cooking vessels
ISBN978 0 539 01408 2
File Size948 KB

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