Engineers Must Ensure People Are Gas Safe

20 January 2017

Gas Safety is paramount. So raising awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances is more than important – it can save lives.

Gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas appliances which are badly fitted and poorly serviced gas should know the risks of such things causing leaks, fires, explosions and even carbon monoxide poisoning. In such circumstances they have a responsibility and duty-of-care for ensuring public safety.

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“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,” says Martin Dagnall, Technical Training Manager with Combico UK – the specialist training division of First Choice Group.

Martin is keen to stress how important it is for gas engineers who are working on, repairing or fitting an appliance to remind their customers to: 

• Check their 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 www.staygassafe.co.uk
• Check their engineer is Gas Safe registered. They can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk 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 their 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 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.”

In the very near future, Combico UK intends to launch an electrical competency course to provide engineers with the necessary skills and knowledge needed 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.”

Published : 20 January 2017 11:09