Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe nation

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6 simple checks to help ensure your kitchen is a gas safe environment

Serviceline are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017,  18th – 24th September. Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and signifies the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas appliances in UK.

Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning, a consequence of over exposure to this highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly and with no warning.

Badly installed and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Within the catering and hospitality sector gas safety is of the utmost importance, below are 6 checks to help ensure your kitchen is a gas safe environment.

  • Check your gas appliances every year: HSE recommends that all gas appliances within the catering and hospitality industry should be safety checked at least once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. For more guidance read HSE CAIS23(rev 2), 2013.
  • Check that relevant engineers are Gas Safe registered: All Serviceline catering engineers are gas safe registered and undertake regular refresher training courses. Want to check if your engineer is gas safe registered? Check an engineer here
  • Check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card: Make sure they are qualified for the work to be undertaken. You can find this information on the back of the card, each Serviceline engineer carries their Gas Safe ID card should you wish to see this information.
  • Check for warning signs: Are your appliances 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 staff knowledge: Do your staff know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning? Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Check your audible carbon monoxide alarm: This will signal an alert if there is carbon monoxide in your kitchen.

For more information on Serviceline’s accreditation visit our accreditation page here. Alternatively, for more information, gas safety advice or to check an engineer attending your site visit the Gas Safe Register website www.gassaferegister.co.uk


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