Gas Safety (Installation & use) Act 1998
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Act 1998 is there for every gas users protection and lays down quite clearly what we in the trade can and cannot do. It is now the individual service engineers responsibility to carry out his work according to this legislation. He cannot, by law, leave appliances, equipment or pipe-work in an unsafe condition.
Gas operatives are all trained in each part of the industry they work in and are tested every 5 years to prove their competency. When an operative applies for competency he has to pass a test in all aspects of the Gas Industry he works in e.g. domestic boilers, domestic gas safety, industrial gas safety, propane and many more all of which will be listed on his registration card.
For your safety check an engineer's credentials and make sure he is fully approved to work on your equipment. Remember that just because an engineer can work on a small domestic boiler he may not be registered to work on the factory heater.
OFTEC was launched in April 1991 to construct a frame work which oil firing in the United Kingdom and Ireland could operate with a greater degree of safety, expertise and efficiency. One of its first priorities was set up a system of training and registration for service engineers engaged in commissioning, servicing, installation and plant operation with oil firing equipment.
OFTEC tests and approves oil firing equipment and represents the industry in discussions with regulatory agencies.
OFTEC's codes of practice set standards for the industry which are followed by its members and registered service engineers or technicians.
Bailey-Johns (PHL) Ltd is a member of OFTEC and all the engineers engaged in oil service work are trained and registered by OFTEC. Please ask to see our engineers OFTEC identity card.
Carbon Monoxide is a deadly poisonous gas produced by the incomplete combustion of all fossil fuels.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning are:
Drowsiness, weakness, headaches, impaired concentration and pains in the chest.
The above symptoms can often be mistaken by doctors for other illnesses. Sometimes the symptoms are on going and the affects can build up in the body.
Regular servicing of gas appliances greatly reduce the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Prolonged exposure to relatively low levels of Carbon Monoxide can cause irreversible brain damage. Do not fall asleep in a room with a gas fire unless you are sure that it is fully safe and well serviced. Any yellow flames or sooty marks are a sure sign of problems.
Bailey-Johns operates its own safety policy but respectfully reminds customers that they have a duty of care towards all visitors to their site and it is the customers responsibility to introduce all visitors to their site and warn them of any potential hazards or special safety requirements.
Bailey-Johns reserve the right not to work in any area they deem to be to dangerous or work on any equipment that contains any unidentifiable substances.
All Bailey-Johns operatives have their own personal safety equipment which is always worn when appropriate and includes:
Rubber and Leather gloves
Safety Harness and landyard
High visibility jackets
Dust and particle masks
Any company owning or renting a gas fired appliance has a duty under the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Act 1998 and the Health & Safety at Work Act to ensure that all gas equipment is maintained on an annual basis by a suitable qualified and approved person holding current certification for the areas of work he is going to cover.
It is therefore important that when you have work done on your Gas installation you ensure that the service engineer is suitably qualified by asking to see his Gas Safe registration card:-
Check the expiry date then check on the back of the card that the engineer is cleared to work on the type of installation you have. If you have a commercial or industrial premises anyone working on that system must be cleared for NON-DOMESTIC work.
Make sure you file away all job sheets and reports issued by the service engineer and act responsibly to any recommendations he makes.
When you have any work carried out on your premises it is up to the factory manager or his nearest equivalent in rank to ensure that the service engineer carrying out the work is suitably qualified.
This is easily done by asking to see his Gas Safe registration card. Everybody in the gas industry who is competent to work on gas will have a card. If they cannot show you the card then you must not let them work in your premises as it is an offence under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Act 1998 and both parties could be fined.
Once you have seen the card look on the back and you will see a list of the areas that the man is cleared to work on. If you are in a factory or commercial premises then the card must indicate that the service engineer is cleared to work on NON DOMESTIC properties.
If you have any doubts then you can check the veracity of any card by ringing this number 01256 372499. Apart from keeping yourself on the right side of the law you will be doing the trade a great favour in checking for competency of your service engineer. No suitably qualified person will object but it will prevent unqualified or part qualified people working in the industry. Help us to clear out the cowboys ask to see the Gas Safe registration card and CHECK IT.