Appliance and Gas Installation Safety Checks Explained

17 February 2017

Appliance and Gas Installation Safety Checks Explained

Appliance and gas installation safety checks are a legal requirement if you’re a business. This includes if you’re a landlord as well. There are good reasons for this too as unsafe installations or appliances can put your employees, customers, and visitors at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

You have to get your appliances and gas installations checked every 12 months, and you have to keep a record of those checks in case they are needed for inspection.

Differences Between a Service and Safety Check

A safety check is primarily concerned with checking whether the appliance or installation is safe to use. A service goes a stage further, so it will often involve similar checks, but it will also include work such as carrying out additional inspections, replacing parts, or cleaning.

The objectives of each are different too. A service ensures your appliances and gas installations run as safely as possible as well as efficiently as possible. This is so you don't waste energy. A safety check ensures compliance with your legal obligations, and it also ensures that the equipment and installations you are responsible for are safe.

What Happens During Safety Checks?

The engineer carrying out an appliance safety check in your business will look at a number of factors. This includes the configuration of the appliance to ensure it is burning gas correctly.

The engineer will also look at where the appliance is located. Particular consideration is given to the suitability of the room and the appliance’s stability. The connections to gas pipework will also be checked as will the level of ventilation in the room. This will have to be at a level that is suitable for the particular appliance.

If the appliance has a chimney or flue, this will be checked too. This includes general operational checks plus checks for blockages. Finally, all safety devices are inspected to ensure they are in proper working condition.

A gas installation safety check usually covers the appliances in your building, so it will include all of the above. In addition, the engineer will test all the pipework in your buildings.

Who Carries Out Appliance and Gas Installation Safety Checks?

The only people who can carry out an appliance or gas installation safety check is a registered Gas Safe engineer. Engineers who work for business energy suppliers will typically hold a Gas Safe registered certificate, so you can have peace of mind that the inspection will be legal and carried out to a high standard. It is a little bit trickier if you choose to use another engineer however.

To make sure you get someone who is qualified to complete the safety check, ask to see their Gas Safe registration card. You can also use the Gas Safe website to check the credentials of the engineer you plan to use.

Make sure you always go through this process however. Don't simply rely on recommendations or assurances.

It is simply not worth ignoring appliance and gas installation safety checks, and it is not worth trying to cut corners by getting unqualified engineers to complete the work. The checks don’t cost a lot of money, so it is worth getting them done right.

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