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Gas Safety in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

Many businesses use gas appliances for heating, cooking, or other uses. There are gas cookers, gas heaters, gas boilers, gas laundry equipment, and more. All of these gas appliances must be safe to use when they are in the workplace, and it is the owner’s responsibility to have these appliances checked on a regular basis. There are also other key things you need to know about gas safety in the workplace: here are the most important.

Gas Uses and Sources

Gas used in the workplace can come from a number of sources such as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), natural gas, and methane. The health and safety risks are the same for whatever type of gas you are using. Similarly, gas can be taken into the premises through a mains gas supply, or via smaller storage cylinders. Either way, the safety risks remain.

Gas Risks in the Workplace

The main health risk associated with the use of gas in the workplace or the home is excess carbon monoxide. When an appliance is not burning gas correctly or the room is not properly ventilated, there is a risk of excess production of carbon monoxide. This is an odourless, colourless gas that is poisonous. When you inhale carbon monoxide it sticks in your blood and prevents the blood carrying oxygen efficiently around the body. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, headaches, chest pains, stomach pains, and nausea. It can kill.

The risks of an excess production of carbon monoxide increase when there is not enough ventilation in the room for the gas to burn efficiently. If chimneys, flues or air vents are blocked it can cause a carbon monoxide problem. You need to have appliances checked by a Gas Safe commercial gas engineer London offers.

Gas Safety: Your Legal Duties

You have a moral duty to protect your employees and customers, but you also have legal obligations to meet. Specific legislation is contained within the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, which govern how workplace gas appliances need to be handled.

Gas Safe Engineers

You must have regular checks carried out on the appliances and these must be undertaken by Gas Safe engineers. A Gas Safe engineer is a qualified engineer on the Gas Safe Register. The Gas Safe Register is the UK body that certifies engineers to work on gas systems and maintain gas appliances. It is a legal requirement that anyone working on gas appliances is on the Gas Safe Register. You can check these credentials on the Gas Safe website or you can check the engineer’s ID card.

Commercial Gas Engineer London

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