If you own or are responsible for any type of commercial property whether that be an industrial or domestic property you must ensure that any gas appliances (fixed or portable), pipes and flues are regularly subject to gas safety checks.
The requirement for this is set out under Regulation (36) (1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 which means that gas safety tests are a legal requirement. If you don’t make sure that your gas appliances are safe and functioning properly the results could be disastrous and expensive! All the more reason then to make sure your gas testing in London is carried out by a highly competent company like JCH London which operates all across the city.
Why Do I Need Gas Testing?
Faulty or badly installed or maintained gas equipment and flues have been proven to cause death or injury due to carbon monoxide poisoning. As we’ve already pointed out, it is a legal requirement to obtain gas safety certificates and you run the risk of getting a criminal conviction is something were to happen and employees, contractors or visitors to your commercial premises were to be injured or become ill through your negligence. Clearly it’s not worth the risk either to your business or company reputation or your bank account through the imposition of punitive fines. The Gas Safety Regulations are there to protect you, other personnel and your premises by reminding you of your responsibility to ensure annual inspection and servicing of all gas equipment within your premises is carried out correctly and competently.
Health and Safety Rules Apply
Further to the information supplied above, if you have employees working within and around your commercial premises you will also have an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure all heating appliances are working effectively and any gas burners are functioning at safe levels.
Non Compliance Should Be a Non-starter
Failing to follow the regulations by not obtaining a gas safety certificate can lead not only to severe financial penalties but could see the authorities bringing a manslaughter charge against commercial property owners if death occurs as a result of non compliance. Ultimately all this could have a negative impact on your property insurance and licenses and could lead to civil damages claims.
Here’s the Technical Bit
Gas pipelines in commercial properties have to be periodically purged to clear them of hazards like flammable gas and air mixes and static electricity. Purging can be carried out both directly and indirectly and it is essential that the gas testing contractor you choose can provide qualified engineers who will have vast experience in these techniques. In newly installed or existing gas pipelines tightness and strength testing is required.
Tightness testing can identify whether pipework is able to withstand a specified pressure and will highlight any design or construction flaws. Tightness testing is always done at operating pressure to establish that the pipelines are gas tight and within set tolerances. As you might imagine, this form of testing is vital to ensure the pipework is safe to use and is not presenting any hazards. Strength testing is carried out for the same reasons as outlined above both on new commercial gas installations and on extensions to existing pipework.
It is advised that all gas pipework is tested annually in order to comply with the Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998 and can be done in conjunction with an annual gas appliance service check.
Engage a gas testing company who work to the highest industry standards to be sure of excellent service and complete safety.