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Posted: September 17, 2020
Gas Safety Week is an annual event providing the industry with the chance to highlight how to manage gas appliances safely. Here, Signum FM’s managing director Jill Wood, looks at what the event means to Signum and its customers.
At Signum Facilities Management we make a real effort every year to mark Gas Safety Week. It is a great opportunity for us to speak out about the importance of managing gas appliances safely and also, to raise awareness that gas registered engineers must have the correct qualifications to work on different appliances.
Not everyone knows how to check the register or even that it exists. Gas Safety Week provides us with a great platform to remind people of their responsibilities and the regulations, as well as to encourage both commercial and residential property owners to get their appliances checked.
What do businesses need to know about gas safety?
Gas safety is not a topic that should be taken lightly. We attend a number of appliances annually that do not comply with regulations and are ultimately, a risk to life should something go wrong. Appliances should always be inspected annually.
It is crucial that businesses check the regulations and guidance – not only the rules that apply to everyone, but the specific criteria for their industry, too, as it does vary.
A service/maintenance certificate means your gas appliances have been checked against the criteria set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and meet compliance, make sure you keep copies of your paperwork in a safe place – even if you are a tenant you should still have a copy of the certificate.
Equally, it’s important to note that installation of gas equipment must be done by a competent engineer, listed on the Gas Safe Register.
Engineers must notify their local authority after installing a gas heat providing appliance, and you will receive a copy of this directly from the authority.
It is recommended that gas distribution and service pipework are also inspected annually and a Commercial Gas Safety Certificate will be issued.
Head to the Gas Safety Week website for more top tips and guidance on how to check your engineer is Gas Safe Registered and qualified to do the work you need.
What does Signum do to ensure Gas Safety?
At Signum we provide servicing, maintenance and installation of gas appliances for commercial, domestic and landlord property services.
This includes boilers, burners, hot water cylinder, warm air heaters, catering equipment and pipework, as well as upgrading of boilers to more energy-efficient solutions.
For further information about Gas Safety Week, visit: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/