Gas Safety Inspections : The Importance & The Process

Your gas safety inspection is different from your annual service, they are often confused and all landlords should know that one doesn’t replace the other. They are both annual checks that need to take place. All gas appliances in your property need to be safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer annually and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

What is a gas safety inspection?

Essentially, a gas safety inspection involves a gas engineer assessing the safety of your appliances and checking that the system is working as it should. Your inspection will include:

  • Inspection and testing of gas pipework
  • Inspection and testing of gas appliances
  • Condition of gas meter
  • Flueing and ventilation
  • Purge and test points

It is essential for your local gas engineer to check all of these aspects to complete a full gas safety inspection. 

Why do I need a gas safety inspection?

Legal requirement 

Above all, a gas safety inspection is an annual legal requirement. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 clearly state that “it shall be the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework or flue installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person”. 

It also states that you should “ensure that each appliance and flue to which that duty extends is checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and at intervals of not more than 12 months since it was last checked for safety”, which is what your gas safety inspection will do. 

Additionally, if you do not have a current gas safety certification, it is highly probable your insurance company will not payout in the event of a claim. 

Safety 

These rules aren’t put in place to be inconvenient, they are there to protect commercial landlords, the companies they rent to and any employees working within the building. Without your gas safety inspection, you could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, problems such as blocked ventilation tubes will cause carbon monoxide to build up and if this is being released inside the property, it is a serious health risk.

Fix any issues 

Your gas safety inspection will also highlight any issues allowing you to fix them before things get worse. If there are any faults found during the check, you must fix it as soon as possible and stop your commercial tenants using any relevant equipment until it is fixed. You will find that completing this inspection can save you a lot of money in the long run, catching issues early is always beneficial when they are related to gas appliances.

How do I prove that I have had a gas safety inspection? 

Once your gas safety inspection has been completed and your property has proven to be “Gas Safe” you will receive a commercial Gas Safety certificate. This certificate is commonly known as a CP17 and it is valid for a period of 12 months from date of issue. 

Who can complete my gas safety inspection?

This one is simple, a Gas Safe registered engineer MUST conduct the check. It is important to note that your usual gas man or plumber that deals with your regular gas maintenance issues may not be able to complete this inspection for you. You should always check that they are registered and legally able to perform the gas safety inspection. All gas engineers should have an ID card that highlights the type of work they are qualified and registered to undertake. 

Can Murdock Heating help?

Here at Murdock Heating, we are able to complete your gas safety inspection for you. We have a team of highly experienced Gas Safe registered engineers who are all qualified to carry out these inspections. 

Not only can we complete your gas safety inspections for you but there are many other services that we can assist you with also, such as your commercial gas boiler service. So, whatever your needs may be, simply turn to our team and trust that you are in safe hands.