Combico UK Urges Gas Engineers to Champion Stay Safe Message

06 September 2017

Gas Safety Hands

As Gas Safety Week 2017 approaches (Sep 18-24) Combico UK, First Choice’s Group’s dedicated engineer training division, is raising awareness of the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It can save lives.

Martin Dagnall, Technical Training Manager with Combico UK, is adamant that gas engineers who work on appliances that may be badly fitted or poorly serviced must be aware of the risks involved, such as leaks, fires, explosions and even carbon monoxide poisoning.

“In such circumstances all engineers have a responsibility and duty-of-care for ensuring public safety,” he said.

“Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.”

To ensure all potential risks are considered and prepared for Combico UK has issued a safety ‘to-do’ list that all gas engineers are urged to make sure their customers adhere to.

• Check gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure the landlord arranges this. Encourage your customers to set a reminder so they don’t forget at

• Check engineers are Gas Safe registered. They can find and check an engineer at or call 0800 408 5500.

• Check their engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work they need doing. They can find this information on the back of the card.

• Check for warning signs that appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

• Check they know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

• Check they have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert them if there is carbon monoxide in their home.

Combico UK is certified by Logic Certification to run gas courses and carry out assessments under the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS). It caters for both the experienced gas engineer looking to renew ACS qualifications or an engineer that wants training to broaden skill sets.

“Our world class training facilities are equipped with fully functional professional kitchens with equipment that engineers are familiar with and are likely to come across in their daily work,” adds Martin.

“We can also offer pre-learning packs prior to assessments to minimise the amount of time engineers might otherwise unavailable for work in order to pursue training.”

Combico UK has recently launched an electrical competency course which provides engineers with the skills and knowledge they need to work safely on equipment.

“The relationship between gas and electricity has evolved and there have been amendments to the law which reflect this,” said Martin.

“A lot of gas engineers working within commercial catering now have to prove electrical competency due to the nature of the technology that’s being used in modern equipment.

“Competence needs to be proven through certification. You can’t take short cuts with this sort of thing, lives may depend on it.”

For more information on Combico UK training courses visit: or telephone 01543 460385.

Published : 06 September 2017 15:01