THINK GAS SAFE!
SAFETY IS NOT A SMALL DETAIL! SAFETY IS EVERYTHING! SAFETY IS THE MAIN "THING"
A gas appliance operates with 3 precious consumable elements, water, gas and electricity.
Water, gas and electricity usage / consumption inside one compact appliance offers countless of benefits to the owner / users, however there is a great potential of danger to lives and properties when any work on these appliances being carried out by non qualified, non Gas Safe registered persons.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
Qualification and supervision
3.—(1) No person shall carry out any work in relation to a gas fitting or gas storage vessel unless he is competent to do so.
(2) The employer of any person carrying out such work for that employer, every other employer and self-employed person who has control to any extent of such work and every employer and self-employed person who has required such work to be carried out at any place of work under his control shall ensure that paragraph (1) above is complied with in relation to such work.
Gas appliances—safety precautions
26.—(1) No person shall install a gas appliance unless it can be used without constituting a danger to any person.
(3) No person shall install a used gas appliance without verifying that it is in a safe condition for further use.
(4) No person shall install a gas appliance which does not comply with any enactment imposing a prohibition or restriction on the supply of such an appliance on grounds of safety.
(5) No person carrying out the installation of a gas appliance shall leave it connected to the gas supply unless—
(a)the appliance can be used safely; or
(b)the appliance is sealed off from the gas supply with an appropriate fitting..
(7) No person shall carry out any work in relation to a gas appliance which bears an indication that it conforms to a type approved by any person as complying with safety standards in such a manner that the appliance ceases to comply with those standards.
(8) No person carrying out work in relation to a gas appliance which bears an indication that it so conforms shall remove or deface the indication.
Testing of appliances
33.—(1) Where a person installs a gas appliance at a time when gas is being supplied to the premises in which the appliance is installed, he shall immediately thereafter test its connection to the installation pipework to verify that it is gastight and examine the appliance and the gas fittings and other works for the supply of gas and any flue or means of ventilation to be used in connection with the appliance for the purpose of ascertaining whether—
(a)the appliance has been installed in accordance with these Regulations;
(b)the operating pressure is as recommended by the manufacturer;
(c)the appliance has been installed with due regard to any manufacturer’s instructions provided to accompany the appliance; and
(d)all gas safety controls are in proper working order.
(2) Where a person carries out such testing and examination in relation to a gas appliance and adjustments are necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements specified in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) of paragraph (1) above, he shall either carry out those adjustments or disconnect the appliance from the gas supply or seal off the appliance from the gas supply with an appropriate fitting.
What to look for before employing any persons to carry out any gas related work:
Check that they are:
· The company / person is Gas Safe Registered
· Qualified for type of work i.e. central heating, fires. (see back of their GSR ID)
· They are who they say they are. (check GSR ID)
· If the engineer is carrying out the work on behalf of himself and not for the company he / she is employed by, check that the engineer is also Gas Safe Registered and insured for himself. As any employed engineer carrying out gas related work outside working hours is same as a non Gas Safe Registered person unless he / she is Gas Safe Registered and have any Public Liability Insurance to cover his own work.
This is extremely important as individually registered engineers are subject to regular inspections by GSR where engineers employed by companies are working under supervision of their employers and they may not be inspected by GSR regularly
Purchasing appliances and spare parts:
Purchasing gas appliances and spare parts are equally important for safety of public lives and properties.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Part F: Maintenance
Regulation 35 Duties of employers and self-employed persons:
296. In the case of some gas equipment and fittings (eg flexible pipework, certain protective devices etc) where inadequate maintenance could cause failure in a dangerous way, a formal system of planned preventative maintenance might be necessary. This aims to prevent failures occurring while equipment is in use and involves a system of written instructions (eg based on appliance/fitting manufacturers’ instructions) used to initiate inspection, testing and periodic replacement or refurbishing of components or equipment before they reach the end of their useful life. Further information is given in the HSE publication Safe use of work equipment. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance (www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l22.htm). See also www.gassaferegister.co.uk.
5.—(1) No person shall install a gas fitting unless every part of it is of good construction and sound material, of adequate strength and size to secure safety and of a type appropriate for the gas with which it is to be used.
What to look for when purchasing gas appliances and spare parts:
· The supplier is working under a Quality Assurance scheme, i.e. ISO 9001.
· The source of suppliers and manufacturers of appliances / parts and accessories are traceable for their country of origin, Quality Assurance Certificates and Certificate of Conformity of manufacturers and suppliers.
· The appliances /parts and accessories are CE marked.
· The appliances / parts and accessories have appropriate Certificate of Conformity.
· They are manufactured by OEM or other approved /certified manufacturer.
· If it is a refurbished, remanufactured or a reengineered appliance / spare part, check that the supplier / manufacturer is working under relevant Quality Assurance schemes, i.e. ISO 9001, WEEE.