IKECA Approved for ANSI Accreditation
Association Will Create Consensus-Based American National Standards
According to the National Fire Protection Association, American fire departments respond to an average of 8,520 structure fires in
“Preventing a tragedy like the 2007
IKECA will fill a void in the world of American National Standards by producing the first comprehensive, consensus-built standards for the cleaning, inspection and maintenance of commercial kitchen exhaust systems. According to Bernard P. Besal, IKECA President, “It is IKECA’s goal to create standards that work in harmony with existing standards for kitchen exhaust design, installation and operation. We will be looking for active representation in the standards development process from the fire protection, engineering, insurance, foodservice, manufacturing and contracting industries, to ultimately produce standards that can be applied to restaurant exhaust systems across the country.”
“ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS) by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs). These groups work cooperatively to develop voluntary national consensus standards. Accreditation by ANSI signifies that the procedures used by the standards body in connection with the development of American National Standards meet the Institute’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process,” ANSI states on its website.
IKECA, a non-profit organization founded in 1988, is committed promoting the highest cleaning and ethical standards, creating broader awareness of the need for continually improving fire prevention, and working to create healthier, cleaner and safer environments in which to operate a kitchen. For more information about the development of IKECA standards, contact Glenn Fellman, IKECA Executive Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn about the programs and benefits offered to restaurants and cleaning contractors, visit www.ikeca.org.