It’s no secret there are state laws that address the need for grease traps, but what these laws specifically require from your business is less known. Since grease traps play such an integral role in preserving our sewer systems and environment, Massachusetts relies on more than one board or authority to determine the laws. To avoid violating these laws, let’s take a look at your responsibilities when it comes to Massachusetts codes and regulations regarding grease traps.
Massachusetts Requirements Regarding Grease Traps
The codes of the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters dictate that every establishment that produces fats, oils, grease, and solids (FOGS) have a grease trap or interceptor – such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and clubs. Grease traps also must meet the requirements of Massachusetts code 310 Mass. Reg. 15.230, which include but are not limited to:
- Minimum Depth: Grease traps must have a minimum depth of four feet and a capacity of 1,000 gallons. The trap must be able to accommodate the FOGS output by a business’s kitchen flow over 24 hours.
- Manhole Measurements: Grease trap manhole covers must be a minimum of 20 inches in diameter and need to grade over the inlet and outlet baffles.
- Installation Requirements: Grease traps must be watertight, installed on a level, mechanically compacted base, and properly backfilled to avoid damage.
Also, the plumbing fixtures attached to grease traps in these establishments must include pot and scullery sinks exceeding ten inches in depth, floor sinks and drains, automatic dishwashers, pre-rinse sinks, hood wash units, and soup kettles or similar equipment.
Massachusetts Regulations Outlining Grease Trap Maintenance
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority outlines how facilities should maintain their grease traps. According to their codes, businesses must have their trap and interceptors inspected monthly for abnormalities or damage. They must also have them cleaned and their contents disposed of upon reaching the one-quarter rule or at least every three months. No chemical or biological agents nor physical means should be used to release FOGS into the sewer or bypass the trap. Doing so is considered illegal dumping, which constitutes fines and harsh penalties.
Massachusetts codes and regulations regarding grease traps are quite extensive. It’s recommended you carefully examine the documentation provided by the state and consult a trusted grease trap maintenance company to ensure your equipment adheres to local laws and is safe for your staff and customers. At Food Grease Trappers, not only can we inspect your tank to ensure it’s safe, but we can also maintain, clean, and empty your grease trap. If you’re concerned about the liabilities facing your grease trap or wish to employ our services, contact us today.