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Gas Safety Tips For Commercial Premises

It’s essential that employers comply with all the relevant gas safety regulations in order to keep employees and members of the public free from risks such as fire, explosion, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Any workplace that contains gas appliances such as boilers, cookers and ovens will need to ensure that these are installed properly, with regular maintenance work carried out over time to safeguard against future problems.

Work carried out on fittings and fixtures such as these must be conducted by a Gas Safe registered engineer and it is illegal to enlist anyone who isn’t registered and qualified to do the work. It is easy to check if someone is registered via the official Gas Safe Register website and it’s the responsibility of the business to carry out such checks.

Competent persons must also carry out work on gas fittings in workplaces such as factories, quarries, sewage works, construction sites, agricultural sites and mines.

Aside from ensuring that qualified and competent engineers are called out to do any and all gas work on site, and aside from regular maintenance, it’s also necessary to ensure that all rooms that have gas appliances contained therein are properly ventilated to ensure the safety of those on the premises.

Make sure that any flues and chimneys are free from obstruction to facilitate adequate ventilation. These should be checked each year so you can be assured that they don’t pose any risks. Air inlets should also remain clear in this respect, as well.

For sites that use liquid petroleum gas (LPG), it’s important to properly identify and manage the risks in order to ensure that the fuel source can be used safely.

It can be beneficial to record any and all information about installations for future reference, including the route of the pipework and the structural stability of the workplace.

For safe storage of the LPG tank, the majority of the work involved is usually down to the supplier, who will maintain the integrity of the tank over time. It is important that you check this is the case, however, as it is a legal requirement to keep LPG storage tanks in a safe condition.

You do have some responsibilities that you will need to be aware of, including security, access to the tanker, where the tank is situated, what to do in case of emergency, ventilation and so on.

Make sure that there is plenty of room around your tank to help promote good air flow and prevent buildup of LPG vapours. It’s also vital that the area around the tank is kept free from rubbish, weeds and grass.

Of course, these are just a few gas safety tips that you may find of use. If you’d like to find out more about your responsibilities and how to keep your site safe and well maintained, get in touch with the UK Commercial Gas team today.

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