Charcoal Use  – Carbon Monoxide Project

Many cafes and restaurants are now using or intend using charcoal burners to cook food.

There are potential dangers attached to their use.

The guidance here will help you comply with the law and keep staff, customers, and others who may be affected, safe.

Health and Safety Executive – Preventing exposure to carbon monoxide from use of solid fuel appliances in commercial kitchens.

Charcoal Use in Smoke Control Areas

The whole Borough is a smoke control area.

Section 20 of the Clean Air Act 1993 makes it an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, from a furnace or from any fixed boiler if located in a designated smoke control area.

It is an offence under section 23(1) to acquire an unauthorised fuel for use within a smoke control area unless it is used in an “exempt” appliance (“exempted” from the controls which generally apply in the smoke control area).

Authorised fuels in England

Fuels which are authorised by Statutory Instruments (Regulations) made under the Clean Air Act 1993.

They include manufactured solid smokeless fuels.

These fuels have passed tests to confirm that they are capable of burning in an open fireplace without producing smoke.

Charcoals suitable for use in a non-exempt appliance:

  • Big K Restaurant Grade Charcoal
  • CPL Restaurant Grade Charcoal
  • Direct Charcoal Blue Bag Premium Grade Restaurant Charcoal
  • Direct Charcoal Blue Bag Restaurant Charcoal
  • G N Grosvenor (Fuel Express) Restaurant Charcoal

New charcoals may become approved by DEFRA over time, so please check for the most up to date information.

Smoke Free workplace and public places

Since July 2007 smoking in any workplace and public place in England has been prohibited.

It is the responsibility of owners and managers to ensure that they display at least 1 legible no-smoking sign on their premises.

Barking and Dagenham’s Enforcement Team will be actively visiting premises across the borough to ensure that the smoke free legislation is being adhered to in order that the public are be able to benefit from clean air at work and also in enclosed public places.

It is an offence contrary to s.6 of the Health Act 2006 for businesses to fail to display the no smoking sign.

This means businesses or persons in charge of those businesses could be prosecuted for an offence, which upon conviction carries a maximum fine of £1,000 or a fixed penalty notice of £200.00.