ANSI/IKECA C-10: Standard for Cleaning of Commercial Exhaust Systems

IKECA Introduces the Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Industry’s First American National Standard for the Cleaning of Commercial Kitchen Operations

 New standard complements NFPA 96
PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 26, 2012: The International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA), an international non-profit trade organization committed to fire prevention and life safety by promoting kitchen exhaust cleaning to a higher standard, today announced the availability of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, IKECA C10-2011, Standard for Cleaning of Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems. For the first time, commercial kitchen exhaust cleaners, owners and managers of facilities, authorities having jurisdiction, insurance loss control specialists, and others have guidance on industry-accepted processes and procedures for cleaning kitchen exhaust systems.
The IKECA C10 standard represents a major commitment to advance the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry. It brings greater attention the vital role of properly cleaning these systems for fire prevention and life safety. IKECA C10 is designed to complement and augment NFPA 96®-2011, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, which has long been the only standard for the minimum fire safety requirements related to the design, installation, operation , inspection, and maintenance of all public and private cooking operations.
Commercial kitchen exhaust systems remove smoke, soot and grease-laden vapor resulting from cooking operations. These systems become contaminated with grease and cooking by-products over time. Accumulations of these combustible contaminants create a fire safety hazard to workers, patrons, other building occupants and property. Mitigation of this hazard requires periodic cleaning of commercial kitchen exhaust systems.
“The approval of this standard, and the education process that will now begin, is a turning point in our industry,” said Bernard Besal, Besal Services, Atlanta, and the chair of the IKECA Standards Development Committee’s ANSI Consensus Body, which developed the standard. “Since the founding of IKECA in 1989, we have long strived to establish that the work performed by trained, qualified, and certified persons saves lives and saves property. I am extremely proud of the collective effort that resulted in IKECA C10.” Besal is a founding IKECA board member and past president. He also serves on NFPA’s Technical Committee on Venting Systems for Cooking Appliances which is responsible for NFPA 96.
Major components of the standard include:

  • Pre-Cleaning Operations Inspection
  • Energy Source Protection
  • Protection of Workspace Areas
  • By-Product Control Process Preparation       
  • Process Personnel Protection
  • Cleaning Processes and Controls       
  • Exhaust Duct Access and Labeling
  • Exhaust Cleaning Process Reporting

 “Cleaning exhaust systems of commercial kitchens has been regarded by some cleaning companies and restaurant owners as an inexact science. It is not. Doing it properly and safely is vital,” said Nelson Dilg, Nelbud Services, Egg Harbor City, NJ, vice chair of the ANSI Consensus Body, an alternate on NFPA 96’s technical committee, and a fellow co-founder of the association. “The standard is clear on what must be done before, during, and after a cleaning, including complying with the requirements of the authority having jurisdiction and providing reports to the owner of the system.”
IKECA Past President Robert “Doug” Schuler, Bentley Resources, Sarasota, FL noted, “Kitchen exhaust cleaning companies, and all those who rely on our professional services, have a clear roadmap to follow. For example, IKECA C10 refers to the grease gauge comb, first introduced in NFPA 96, which is used to measure and inspect the depth of grease in a system to determine when it is time to clean.”
IKECA C10 is now available! The first educational session on the new standard provided to interested persons was held at the 2012 IKECA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to members and local area authorities having jurisdiction. To purchase a copy, visit the online store on IKECA’s website:
IKECA was founded in 1989 when a small group of exhaust cleaners were attending the same meeting. They found that they all had similar needs and beliefs in the importance of proper and complete exhaust cleaning to the fire protection world. Within two years, these founders had created the first non-profit trade association for the kitchen exhaust cleaning industry. Today, IKECA company members are among the best in the industry. They are proud to have made significant contributions to the decrease in commercial kitchen fires in the U.S. In 2009, IKECA joined the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developer. This allows IKECA to help develop definitive standards for cleaning, inspecting and maintenance of commercial kitchen exhaust systems. Once completed and approved as American National Standards, they can be adopted by other ANSI organizations (National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council) as well as by jurisdictions across the U.S. IKECA operates a rigorous, industry-leading certification program for kitchen exhaust cleaning specialists and systems inspectors.