Gas Statutory Testing & Inspection

As with electricity working with gas can be hazardous. Apart from gas explosions which grab the headlines (between 2-15 deaths per year), the major threat to life and health is from carbon monoxide poisoning which is typically the result of faulty supply and poorly maintainedВ appliances. As Gas Safe explains, even small amounts of this gas getting into the bloodstream can cause paralysis, brain damage and death. According to recent government research, it is estimated that this invisible gas represents a serious health risk;

In England & Wales alone

  • 4,000 people go to A&E
  • 200 people are hospitalised
  • there are around 50 deaths

In 2012-13 there were 21 prosecutions for breaches of gas safety regulations by buildersВ alone; in the more serious cases landlords can end up in jailВ for taking risks with the lives of tenants.

Gas Safety Check

Gas Safety Check

Under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 , it is the duty all employers and landlords to commission an Annual Gas Inspection. This must be conducted by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A written record of the inspection and other works has to be be maintained as it is regarded as a ‘living document’.

As a minimum, theВ record of a gas safety checkВ must contain:

  • description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
  • name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
  • date on which the appliance and/or flue was checked
  • the address of the property at which the appliance and/or flue is installed
  • the name and address of the landlord (or his agent where appropriate)
  • any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
  • confirmation of the results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.

 

Statutory Testing and Inspection Ltd comprehensive Gas Test & Inspection service

Our gas safety inspectors are experienced professionals of the highest standard. We are accredited members of Gas Safe???– guaranteeing that our work complies with the law and is performed by experienced professionals.

Our comprehensive Gas Safety Inspection service carries out your legally required annual safety check, issues a safety certificate and identifies any remedial work. We also provide round the clock servicing, maintenance and repair.

Common Gas Safety Check FAQ's

  • What is a Gas Safety Check?
    • By law you must conduct an annual safety inspection of all appliances in your premises. You must keep a record of these inspections on file for 2 years. Landlords must issue copies to existing tenants within 28 days of the check and new tenants issued with a copy before they move in.

  • Gas Safety Check - Which aspects of the system require testing?
    • All components which are part of your supply and all appliances. This includes all heating and cooking appliances, flues and ventilation.

  • Gas Safety Check - Do I need to carry out a safety check on my LPG appliances?
    • Yes your duties are the same as for natural gas and require a Gas Safe registered engineer to conduct safety checks and any maintenance or repair work.

  • Gas Safety Check - Who should do the work?
    • By law, all gas safety inspections and maintenance work MUST be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

  • How often are Gas Safety Checks required?
    • The law requires all landlords and employers to conduct an inspection of their gas supply and appliances every 12 months and new appliances fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer (who provides a certificate for the new device?)

  • What happens if an item fails a Gas Safety Check?
    • Any remedial works must be carried out as a matter of urgency;В 

      According to the HSE

      “The gas safety check record is a record of the results of the checks carried out for the annual gas safety check. It should be issued on completion of the checks and not delayed even if defects are found or until necessary remedial action has been taken.

      The record is a ‘living document’ and landlords should supplement it with records of any follow up action taken (if required). This would provide a full record of the gas safety within the property.

      You should not assume that an annual service inspection includes the points required by a safety check; neither should you assume that carrying out an annual gas safety check will be sufficient to provide effective maintenance. The advice of a competent Gas Safe registered engineer should be taken where necessary on action required”

      We will provide a no obligation quotation to repair any defects to the standard required by BS what? and issue the required certification once the fault has been rectified (see above – is this true?)We do not charge for the replacement of small items – only for the parts themselves (True?).

       

  • Gas Safety Check - What are my duties as a landlord?
    • Organisations or individuals providing residential accommodation have the same responsibilities as employers. According to the HSE;

      All commercial landlords who rent out property must have a valid Gas Safe gas safety certificate for their premises. This certificate is valid for 12 months or until the tenancy changes hands and can only be given by a Gas Safe registered gas engineer.

      The engineer has to check these ares in order to issue a gas safety certificate:

      the gas supply

      gas appliances

      gas flues

      ventilation

      All Landlords are required by law to hold a current Landlord’s Gas Safety Inspection (CP12) Certificate.

  • Gas Safety Check- Is the inspection disruptive?
    • In general it is not possible to conduct any testing without some disruption; the level of disruption will depend upon the type of system and its environment. Our staff are trained to keep such disruption to a minimum. If necessary we could carry out the testing outside work hours (after 5pm Mon-Fri or all day Saturday).

       

  • Gas Safety Check - What evidence do we get that the inspection has been completed?
    • Upon completion of the annual inspection you should receive a report that provides the following information;

      Schedule of items tested and inspected

      A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)

      A Gas Safety Certificate – which identifies the work to be done?

      cert

      We are happy to discuss with you any of the technical aspects of the Safety Report.

      Please check above list

  • What's the difference between a Safety Check and a Service?
    • There is a technical difference but it makes sense to consider conducting both at the same time and building into your annual monitoring of premises safety.

      A service includes a thorough clean of the appliance as well as the gas safety checks.

      For a gas safety check or a service, essential safety checks are done to make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. These checks include;

      checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside.

      checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly.

      checking the appliance is burning the gas properly.

      checking all safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs

  • Gas Safety Check- How much will it cost?
    • There are many factors that can affect the cost of a Gas Check such as type of installation, location, access and availability. It is always good practice to establish a cost per test quote as this will cover both parties.

      For a quote please phone 0151 559 1944

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