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SDI Certifications and Licensing
Shannon Diversified Inc. maintains both a Certified Exhaust System Cleaners and Inspectors certification through I.K.E.C.A., the most recognized certification organization in the country.
IKECA (International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association) is an internationally recognized and accredited organization that trains and certifies its members according to the most current methods and procedures in kitchen exhaust hood cleaning)
Certification ensures that a company has gone through an in-depth training process. I.K.E.C.A. members must successfully pass a comprehensive test encompassing all aspects of kitchen exhaust hood fire prevention. Companies must possess a thorough knowledge of the kitchen exhaust hood cleaning and servicing industry which includes: OSHA safety standards, NFPA 96 fire code standards, knowledge of the various systems and how to properly maintain them, and the most current and effective methods being used to thoroughly clean the system.
NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) 96 is the standard for ventilation control and fire protection in commercial cooking operations. NFPA 96 defining standard of codes, procedures, methods, and equipment determined to be most effective in the prevention of kitchen fires.
An uncertified company providing kitchen hood exhaust cleaning services may not meet any set of guidelines. They may have little to no knowledge of OSHA and NFPA 96 codes. Uncertified companies have a limited knowledge of the various and latest exhaust systems. They do not possess a complete understanding of the importance of removing the entire fuel source (grease), and the dire consequences of not properly maintaining a system. Also, an uncertified company may not maintain the correct insurances and bonds. Ultimately, one must ask themselves; ”what passion does a company have in their business and service if they are failing to meet NFPA 96 *8-3.1.1, which is a code established by the governing body of the service they are providing?”
IMPORTANT CERTIFICATION NOTE:
*NFPA 96 (National Fire Prevention Association) states: *8-3.1.1 Upon inspection, if found to be contaminated with deposits from grease-laden vapors, the entire exhaust system shall be cleaned by a properly trained, qualified, and certified company or person(s) acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction in accordance with Section 8-3.
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