“It’s the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipe work or flue installed at any place of work under their control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk or injury to any person.”
Gas safety in your business is not only your legal obligation, it’s also a serious health and safety concern if not taken seriously.
Research from British Gas Business shows that while the majority of Britain’s small to medium-sized (SME) businesses know their responsibilities for gas safety, 18 per cent don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm. Did you know that every year in England and Wales there are around 60 deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning alone?
Furthermore, around a fifth (21 per cent) of small businesses surveyed were not aware that by failing to have an annual gas safety check carried out they could be invalidating their insurance.
In addition, almost four in five (79 per cent) say that not taking annual gas safety checks could put lives at risk, with only 3 per cent stating there would be no health risks.
That’s why it’s crucial you have a registered gas safe engineer perform maintenance on your appliances. Otherwise they could end up damaging your appliances or in the worst case scenario, make the appliances dangerous.
Top tips for business gas safety:
- All services, installations and repairs should be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer
- Appliances should be serviced annually
- Consider a service plan if your business relies on heating or gas appliances
- Keep a record of any work that’s done
- Replace your CO alarms every five-to-seven years
What should a gas safety check contain?
- A description of and the location of each appliance or flue checked
- The name, registration number and signature of the individual carrying out the check
- The date on which the appliance or flue was checked
- The address of the property at which the appliance or flue is installed
- The name and address of the landlord (or their agent where appropriate)
- Any safety-related defect identified, and any remedial action taken
- Confirmation that the safety check has included an examination of the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d) of
regulation 26(9) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
If you smell gas or suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s important to contact your emergency service provider straight away.
We always advise to have things checked over by a qualified engineer if you are worried. All of our employees are highly skilled and have the training and experience to carry out risk assessments.
If you’ve found this article useful or you would like some advice about gas safety in your business, one of our friendly team members at National Maintenance will be happy to help. Just give us a call on 0330 113 1117 or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org