Gas Safety - An Information Bulletin

An information bulletin outlining the safety procedures that should be undertaken if you have and use gas appliances, including what to do in a gas related emergency.

(Installation and Use) Regulations

Incorrectly installed or poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide gas is highly poisonous – it cannot be seen, tasted or smelt but can kill rapidly with no warning. For these reasons it is important that close attention is paid to compliance with the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998, the main requirements of which are summarised in this Bulletin.

Scope of the Regulations

The Regulations cover the safe installation, maintenance and use of gas systems, including gas fittings, appliances and flues, mainly in domestic and commercial premises such as offices, shops, public buildings and similar places. Under the Regulations, responsibilities are placed on a wide range of people, including those installing, servicing, maintaining or repairing gas appliances and other gas fittings, together with suppliers and users of gas, including employers and residential landlords.

Factories, mines and agricultural premises are generally excluded from these Regulations for which similar requirements for gas safety may be applied under separate legislation.

Key Provisions

Under the Regulations, all work in respect of the installation, repairing or servicing of any gas appliance, installation pipe work or flue must be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered engineer who is qualified to work on the type of gas supply and appliance concerned. It is not acceptable for someone who is not Gas Safe registered to fit a gas appliance or other gas work and then have the work checked by a Gas Safe engineer. In these circumstances, both parties would be breaking the law.

Residential landlords have specific duties under the Regulations which include:

  • A safety check of each gas appliance and flue to be undertaken annually

  • Records of safety checks to be issued to tenants within 28 days of the check having been conducted, or to new tenants before they take occupation, and kept for a period of two years.

  • Gas appliances, flues and installation pipe work to be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances and flues should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available, they are to be serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe engineer.

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