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Gas Safety Inspections

  • All gas appliances should be serviced in compliance with its manufacturers instructions.
  • A serviced appliance is a safe appliance just like an MOT on a car.
  • A regularly serviced and maintained boiler is less likely to break down.

The Law

The current legislation controlling the installation and use of gas is the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 which came into force on 31 October 1998 and place duties mainly on installers, landlords and some gas suppliers.

These Regulations aim to prevent injury to consumers and the public from either carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or fire and explosion.

In particular the Regulations require gas installation businesses

  • to be registered with the Gas Safety Register, which is approved by HSE to maintain a register of gas installation businesses
  • monitor the competency of those businesses and their operatives to undertake gas work safely and to investigate complaints against registered installers

All gas fitting operatives are also required to be able to demonstrate they are competent to undertake gas work safely normally by being assessed against nationally accepted standards.

Landlords have duties to ensure that the gas appliances and flues they provide for tenants' use are maintained in a safe condition at all times and checked for safety each year by a Gas Safety registered installer, and a copy of the check record is provided to the tenant.

Unlike landlords there is no duty on owner/occupiers of private domestic property to have their gas appliances either maintained or regularly checked for safety.

For this reason HSE, other government departments and the Gas Safety Register have over the past few years, spent a considerable amount of money on publicity campaigns advising owner occupiers to take such action. Below are the main responsibilities for landlords, tenants, letting agents and owner occupiers.

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Gas Safe Central Heating Ltd.

Highfield House, 1562, Stratford Road, Birmingham, West Midlands. B28 9HA
Telephone: 0800 834 773 or 07970 655513 - Email

Gas Safety Registration Number: 531934
Company VAT Registration Number: 134195618
Registered Limited Company Number: 06929869 (UK)

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