What is the purpose of this legislation?
These Regulations require that gas systems are correctly installed, maintained and used safety.
They apply to both natural and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and include all gas fittings, appliances and flues in rented domestic premises, commercial and public premises, holiday accommodation (including static and hired out caravans), mobile homes and boats on inland waterways.
Some mobile appliances such as LPG space heaters also come within the scope of the legislation.
They don’t apply to factories but these premises have similar duties imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
Who is responsible for compliance and what needs to be done?
The Regulations place responsibilities on a wide range of duty-holders including those that install, service, maintain or repair gas appliances and gas fittings as well as suppliers and users of gas.
Suppliers: have responsibilities to respond to and investigate gas leaks. Alternatively a supplier can be the supplier of, for example, a dangerous appliance and has a duty to notify customers of the issue.
Installers/maintenance: have to be competent and have completed an industry recognised training course and are registered with Gas Safe (- registration details can be checked at www.gassaferegister.co.uk). They have a duty to ensure that nothing about an appliance or its installation (and associated fittings and flues and source of ventilation) can cause danger whilst the appliance is in use.
Landlords: have a duty to ensure that gas appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use in residential property are installed and maintained in a safe condition. They are required to perform an annual safety check which has to be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered engineer on each appliance or flue.
Effective maintenance will usually involve an ongoing programme of regular inspections and the completion of any remedial work in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Landlords also have a duty to ensure that an annual gas safety check is completed and retain the safety record until another 2 tests have been completed.