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Approved EO 4 Specification: Commercial Steam Cookers

Covered Products 
  • 3-pan or larger gas and electric steam cookers including:
    • Countertop models 
    • Wall-mounted models 
    • Floor-models mounted on a stand 
    • Pedestal or cabinet-style base 

 

Ineligible Products 
  • Hybrid/combination products 
  • Pressure steamers 

 

Definitions 

A commercial steam cooker, also known as “compartment steamer,” means a device for non-residential use with one or more food-steaming compartments in which the energy in the steam is transferred to the food by direct contact. 

 

Standard Setting and Certifying Program 

Various national and international standards apply to electronic appliances. They are defined here as a guide: 

ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary energy efficiency program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR® program makes identification of energy efficient appliances easy by labeling products that deliver the same or better performance as comparable models while using less energy and saving money. For additional information on the ENERGY STAR® program, including product specifications and a list of qualifying products, visit the ENERGY STAR® website at https://www.energystar.gov/

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive – A European Parliament and Council Directives restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. For additional information on RoHS please visit https://www.rohsguide.com/

 

Specification 

Purchasing Commercial Steam Cookers 

All affected entities shall purchase commercial steam cookers that are ENERGY STAR certified using the ENERGY STAR product finder.

Affected entities are encouraged to purchase commercial steam cookers that comply with the latest RoHS requirements. 

In addition, all affected entities are encouraged to purchase commercial steam cookers which are remanufactured or incorporate recycled materials in the manufacturing of the commercial steam cooker to the extent practicable. 

 

End of Life Management 

All affected entities shall follow the following hierarchy for end of life management of commercial steam cookers: 

  • If the unit is still in working condition:
    • Attempt to re-use it if an commercial steam cookers is needed in another application/facility. 
    • If the unit is no longer needed, work with the OGS Surplus Property program for redistribution or sale. 
  • If the unit is no longer in working condition:
    • Ensure that it is properly recycled through your entities e-waste recycling program. 

 

Packaging 

Packaging shall comply with Environmental Conservation Law section 37-0205. Packaging shall not contain inks, dyes, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers, or any other additives to which any lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium is intentionally added or contain incidental concentrations of lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium which together are greater than 100 parts per million by weight (0.01%). 

New York State encourages affected entities to adopt the following in order of preference when purchasing items that come in packaging: 

  • Items that do not need packaging, or the packaging is part of the product. 
  • Items that come in reusable packaging. 
  • Items that come in bulk packaging. 
  • Items that come in innovative packaging that reduces the amount of packaging. 
  • Items that come in packaging that remains the property of the supplier and does not become the property of the end user under any circumstance or condition. The vendor shall certify that the packaging material will be reused, recycled, or composted, and managed in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws. 
  • Items that come in packaging that maximizes recycled or biodegradable (compostable) content and/or meets or exceeds the minimum post-consumer content level for packaging in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines. Biodegradable products should only be used in areas where a composting facility exists that accept the material. 
  • Items that come in Packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable (compostable). Biodegradable products should only be used in areas where a composting facility exists and will accept the material.