Gas Safety

Last reviewed on 22/11/2012 14:53

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Gas in the office

The 'gas' found in office premises is generally the mains supply used for heat and fuel, or cylinders of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) for use in portable heaters. This topic doesn't deal with the specialist gases used in workshops, etc.

The legal bits

The law on the use of gas in the workplace is very clear and specific. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 require that where an employer has a new gas appliance installed in the workplace, or where maintenance work is being carried out on existing gas appliances or fittings, the person carrying out the work must be qualified to work on the type of equipment concerned. At present, proof of qualification means being registered with CORGI (the Council of Registered Gas Installers).

When a gas appliance is installed, it must be located in a position that is easily accessible for use, inspection and maintenance. Employers must not allow a gas appliance to be used if they suspect it to be dangerous.

The hazards of gas

There are two main hazards associated with gas: fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, there is always the danger of a LPG cylinder exploding.

If you think you smell gas, there is a straightforward list of precautions you can take:

  1. Switch off the gas at the mains.
  2. Open all windows and doors.
  3. Do NOT use any electrical equipment. For example, don't switch the lights either on or off.
  4. Do NOT light a match to detect the leak.
  5. Contact the local gas supplier immediately.


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