Business gas safety – how safe is your boiler?

British Gas engineers opening the boiler panel - Business gas safety

In this week’s blog post, we are focusing business gas safety as it’s Gas Safety Week 2020 which runs from 14th to 20th September.

What is Gas Safety Week?

Gas Safety Week 2020 was first set up to get UK companies to work together in raising the profile of gas safety. They want to increase awareness of the dangers of not being gas safe through, for example, poorly maintained gas appliances like business boilers.

What could happen if you don’t regularly inspect your gas appliances?

Not being gas safe can result in gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning [1]. It’s very important to maintain your business’ gas appliances and hold a valid gas safety certificate. Your business has a legal obligation to keep your employees and customers safe, as part of The Gas Safety (installation & use) Regulations 1998.

What is a commercial gas certificate?

Once your business and its gas appliances have been inspected by a Gas Safe engineer and everything is working as it should be, you’ll receive a Commercial gas certificate. A gas safety certificate is valid for 12 months. Before it expires, you’ll need to have a new gas inspection carried out to receive a new certificate to state your business is Gas Safe. This will be valid for another 12 months.

Do commercial landlords have to provide a commercial gas safety certificate?

Yes, it’ a legal requirement that landlords of commercial premises must arrange for a Gas Safe engineer to attend and carry out the necessary annual commercial gas safety check up. You as the landlord have the responsibility to ensure this is carried out every 12 months and keep all records for 4 years.

What is the Gas Safe Register?

The Gas Safe Register is an approved list of businesses that are legally qualified to work with gas appliances like boiler, cookers and gas ovens. Only Gas Safe registered engineers are allowed to install, remove, repair or service a gas appliance and not all engineers are able to carry out all types of work. You can check if an engineer is Gas Safe registered on the Gas Safety Register website.

Are all British Gas engineers on the Gas Safety Register?

All British Gas engineers are fully registered as Gas Safe. Our expert engineers have been installing new boilers for more than 50 years and fit more boilers than anyone else in the UK.

Why should I book a gas safety check post lockdown?

Because of the government guidelines, boiler servicing generally couldn’t be done during lockdown. It’s easy for businesses to take their boilers for granted especially if the boiler appears to be working properly. The recommended frequency of commercial boiler servicing is once every year. Now that the lockdown restrictions are starting to lift, it’s the perfect time to arrange a boiler service to help make sure everything is running safely and efficiently.

A majority of business boilers and gas appliances haven’t been used for many months, throughout lockdown. And now as businesses start to receive more customers and re-open they will need turning on once more. Due to this increased use its important to check the safety of all your gas appliances.

How can I check my business boiler gas safety?

Our commercial boiler service includes:

  • A safety inspection of your meter and of all visible pipework
  • A tightness test on your entire gas installation
  • Annual boiler service
  • Gas Safety certificates

For more information take a read of our webpage on Commercial Gas Safety.

 

 

Related links
Gas health and safety website 
Gas Safe registered engineers 
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 

 

 

Related blog posts
Gas Safety Origins
Why your business needs to hire a commercial gas engineer
Gas safety – Is your business breaking the law?

 

 

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