There are many different types of boilers and as a business owner, you really should know which type you have. Different boilers will require slightly different processes when it comes to services and repairs so you may be asked what type of boiler you have by your commercial gas engineer when booking these services.
Natural gas boilers are particularly important to be pointed out due to the fact that by law, prior to commencement of any works on this type of boiler, a risk assessment must be carried out. This is compliant with certification code CODNC01. We understand that to most people this will sound incredibly confusing so Murdock Heating Services will explain things for you.
What is a risk assessment?
This is one of the most common types of health and safety documents. A risk assessment is simply, as the name suggests, an assessment of risk. When it comes to boiler work, this assessment will look at the task that needs to be carried out and ask how people could get hurt during the process.
There are 5 steps to risk assessment:
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
- Record your significant findings
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
Once this paperwork has been completed in full by a registered gas engineer it will then followed by a detailed method statement, if required.
What is a method statement?
This document has the same overall purpose as a risk assessment, to make sure that work can be carried out safely. A method statement can be thought of like instructions for how the work will be carried out with reduced risk.
You may not need a method statement but if you do, you will never find it without a risk assessment, the two documents support each other and will contain overlapping information. The risk assessment is there to tell you what the risks are and what the control measures will be then the method statement will tell you how to complete the work and in what order.
This statement is always incredibly detailed. It will set out the work in a logical sequence and explain how to complete the work providing all extra details required, it will also contain a time-frame for the work. You may also find that a method statement will include any site-specific rules and restrictions.
Why do I need a risk assessment?
Aside from the fact that it is a legal requirement, to put it simply, any work that is being undertaken on a gas appliance will require a risk assessment due to the amount of uncertainty associated with this type of work. There are numerous risks when using gas such as explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning and burns.
Risk assessments will assist your local gas engineer to protect themselves and any others exposed to their work and environment. They are completed with the intention of keeping people safe and completing the work required without any accidents or injuries.
Without this assessment, they are at risk of receiving huge penalties, fines and imprisonment if they are not in place and can be easily inspected on request – especially if an accident or injury does occur.
Having work carried out on your natural gas boiler
You should always use a reliable and fully qualified engineer for your commercial gas boiler service and any repair or maintenance work required. Make sure that the company you choose knows exactly what they are doing and that they complete all of the paperwork mentioned above – which is required by law.
Commercial Gas Engineer Service For You
If you’re searching for a company to complete these jobs for you then turn to Murdock Heating Services. We have been working in the commercial heating industry for many years now and you can trust that our risk assessments and method statements will contain everything required. If you have any questions at all in this regard please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team who will gladly provide you with the answers you require.