Gas safety in the workplace
Many workplaces use gas as their main mode of fuel to heat the premises and cook food. In general gas is a safe fuel, however all gas appliances and heating systems must be maintained in a safe working order and checked for safety to prevent risk of personal injury.
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, there are specific duties placed on gas users, installers, suppliers and landlords. Gas safety inspections should be being carried out at least every 12 months by a competent person who is registered under the Gas Safe Register scheme.
The Gas Safe Register is the official register for gas safety; it replaced the CORGI registration. The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work legally and safely on all gas appliances.
In workplaces, the Gas Safe engineer must be registered to carry out work on commercial premises. Once you have chosen an engineer, make sure you check their identification card before they begin any work in your premises.
On the front of the card you should check:
- The photo;
- The valid from and expiry dates;
- The licence number; and
- The security hologram.
On the back of the card you should check:
- The engineer is qualified to do the gas work you want done e.g. pipework, cooker, gas boiler, water central heating, etc; and
- Their qualifications are up to date.
To find a Gas Safe registered engineer, please visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk and for further information on gas appliances, there is leaflet which can be downloaded for free from the Health and Safety Executives website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg238.pdf