It is essential that workplaces install proper health and safety practices for gas related aspects of the workplace. Incorrect installation can lead to explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. One of the first steps towards ensuring you are complying with current gas legislation is to work out who is competent to carry out maintenance on your workplaces.
Domestic properties and schools
In any domestic properties like schools, hospitals, youth centres, shops and restaurants, any work carried out must be performed by someone on the Gas Safe Register. This can be checked online or by calling them directly at 0800 408 550.
Factories and mines
Workplaces including, factories, quarries, mines, and construction sites require a ‘competent person’ to perform any work in parts of the premises that operate in either a domestic, residential, or sleeping capacity. It is the employers’ duty to check whether the person carrying out the work is ‘competent’. Other options that can help to prevent a gas leak include using Smart Energy, which involves implementing a system that uses real-time technology to detect and respond to changes in the energy landscape, before an incident occurs.
Basic gas rules to follow with gas safety
In regards to any aspects of gas safety, you should ensure you are maintaining the appliances regularly through the work of a competent engineer. Having adequate ventilation in the rooms containing the gas appliances is also essential.
Tips on creating a gas safe workplace
Making sure all of your gas appliances are in good working order is essential to keeping your employees safe at work. Keep all diesel, petrol, based appliances and other gas equipment regularly serviced by a registered professional.
Keeping a carbon monoxide detector is also considered best practice in health and safety. This is because it guards against harmful chemicals for your employees. It may also be worth ensuring that most of your staff are trained in first aid and know what to do in an emergency situation. There are many different first aid courses available, like Ottawa’s cpr training program, for example, which may prove to be lifesaving.
What to do if you suspect a gas leak or damage
If you think there has been a gas leak, you should turn off the gas immediately and call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. Evacuate the building and do not turn the supply back on until the issue has been resolved.
Please note, this is not a conclusive list on the actions to take towards managing gas safety. For more information on HSE related issues, head to the HSE Network.