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Boost Regulatory Compliance For Commercial Gas Installation

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 are designed to ensure that all gas systems and appliances are safely installed and used in the UK. Compliance with the regulations for all commercial businesses is essential to protect people and property, and also to meet legal requirements. 

Incorrectly fitted or poorly maintained gas appliances can be prone to malfunctions and leaks. Gas is a highly combustible material, and when combined with air and an ignition source it brings the risk of fires and explosions. This can cause extensive damage to property and the surrounding area, and lead to injuries and loss of life.

Furthermore, gas leaks can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be potentially fatal and a possible breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.  Business owners who are found to be non-compliant with such regulations can face fines, imprisonment, and the loss of reputation. 

Gas appliances that are professionally installed by a qualified engineer and well maintained are not only much safer, but they also operate more efficiently, reducing the amount of energy they require. This lowers fuel bills and reduces the carbon footprint of the business, helping it to meet sustainability and net zero emissions targets.

All commercial business owners should have a clear understanding of the regulations to ensure legal compliance, and to proactively safeguard employees, customers, stock and equipment, premises, and the wider community against potential disasters.

What are the key regulatory requirements?

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 are available to view online. The  key requirements should be known to all gas suppliers, installers, owners and users of gas appliances, including employers, employees, landlords, and self-employed persons. 

The regulations apply across all domestic and commercial settings, and are inclusive of pipes, fittings, appliances, flues, and any other aspect of the gas system. They primarily relate to the regular servicing and maintenance of gas appliances, including ventilation systems, and the provision of the relevant certificates including the CP17.

Understanding the Gas Safe Register

All gas installations and maintenance work should be carried out by a competent person who is registered with the Gas Safe Register. This is the official gas registration body in the UK and all gas engineers and businesses are required to register. 

Engineers must be able to demonstrate that they hold the relevant and current qualifications, which must be updated every five years. Any business that uses the services of a gas engineer has an obligation to check that they are appropriately qualified and are Gas Safe registered.  

All registered engineers are required to carry a photo ID card that displays their registration number and an expiry date, and a list of the type of work they are qualified to carry out. The engineer must provide a CP17 Gas Safety Certificate to all commercial business owners for each gas installation that they inspect.

Maintenance and testing records

Records should be kept of all maintenance and testing work carried out on gas appliances and installations. The records should include the type of work and the date it was carried out; and the name of the engineer or company and their Gas Safe registration number.

The appliances should be checked for safety, including the flue, and any defects identified should be recorded with clear instructions to address the fault in a timely manner. The appliances or installations may require pressure or tightness tests to be carried out to ensure that they are operating correctly and efficiently. 

Records with full details of the tests, including the date, engineer, and the results should be made available to the relevant persons. In most cases, a minimum of annual checks and maintenance inspections should be carried out for gas installations and appliances. 

Further steps that businesses can take to boost compliance

When selecting a gas engineer company, look beyond the minimum Gas Safe Register requirements. What level of skill and experience do they have within their team? Are they a one-man band or a larger business who will always have a suitably qualified engineer available at short notice, should you need any urgent problems addressed?

Look for a proven track record with businesses of a similar size and operational model to your own, and ask for testimonials from previous clients.

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