Gas Safety Checks

The rules and regulations that surround gas systems do not only concern gas engineers; they also place responsibilities on Landlords. It is a Landlords responsibility to have a Landlord gas safety check carried out by a registered gas engineer once per year as a minimum. If the Landlord of a tenanted property does not have a valid certificate of gas safety, they are not only breaking the law but they are also putting their tenants’ lives at risk. The above does not replace nor remove the responsibility of the Landlord to have all gas appliances serviced. A Landlord Gas Safety Check and a service are two very different procedures. A Landlord Gas Safety Check consists of:

·        Visual inspection of the gas installation appliance(s) location, terminal, chimney/flue route/position and signs of incomplete combustion

·        Casings and combustion chamber seals

·        Gas meter/emergency control valve for accessibility in an emergency, for maintenance and correct labelling

·        Appliance burner pressure or gas rate, or both where necessary

·        Combustion gas analysis where specified in the appliance manufacturer’s servicing and maintenance instructions

·        Flue flow and spillage testing where appropriate for correct operation of flue

·        All flame supervision devices and/or other safety controls for correct operation

·        Investigate any evidence of unsafe operation of appliances

·        Tightness test of the installation is recommended.

For information about what is involved in a service, please click here.

Prices for Gas Landlord installations start at £70.00 + VAT

Safety Above All Else

Here is an article highlighting the importance of having all gas appliances serviced regularly, the article has been taken from the ‘Registered Gas Engineer’ magazine, September 2014 edition.

“With the cessation of the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) review in safety classification, I’m wondering when interest will swing towards the largest gas companies and their so-called annual inspection policies rather than servicing. I hear and see on a daily basis the impact this has on customers and wonder how it can be legal? Does it not say in the manufacturer’s instructions/ GSIUR that a gas appliance should be serviced as a minimum once a year? How can big companies get away with just analysing a boiler when I, as a small company, would be hit with a defect notice? In light of the GIUSP review, why is it not being enforced that servicing a boiler is mandatory? How can an analyser tell you that a heat pad has cracked ready for collapsing, or a heat exchanger is showing signs of impingement, and yet we hear of customers who have never seen a cover being removed. An analyser is a wonderful tool for the final checks after carrying out gas-related work but it does not forego the tried and tested methods of stripping an appliance, cleaning it, and carrying out the procedure in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines”. Phil Kilcoyne

“Dangerous Gas oven costs Landlord £4,000.00”

The landlord of a Plymouth property has been fined more than £4,000 after a gas cooker he provided was found to be Immediately Dangerous to tenants. Giles Boardman, from Wheatridge, Plympton, Plymouth, was prosecuted by the HSE at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court. The HSE began investigating when Plymouth City Council alerted it to the lack of a landlords’ gas safety record for the property in Dickiemoor Lane. The council had asked Mr Boardman to provide this on several occasions. The HSE served an Improvement Notice, requiring him to provide the record, but this had not been done by the notice’s expiry date. In April 2014, a gas engineer called in by Mr Boardman found problems with the controls that controlled the oven’s gas flow, and notified the HSE. He classified the oven as Immediately Dangerous. Giles Boardman pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was fined £4,050 and ordered to pay costs of £513. HSE inspector Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said: “Landlords have a legal duty to carry out gas safety checks, which are there to protect their tenants from death or injury. Mr Boardman ignored repeated requests to carry out the checks and as a result, a serious fault with the oven went undetected until discovered by an engineer.” Registered Gas Engineer, October 2014 Edition.