An LPG gas safety certificate is a vital piece of documentation for landlords, commercial premises, mobile catering units, and also homeowners. Without it, there is no reliable way of telling if a gas appliance and associated connections are safe and reliable.
As a legal requirement, a gas safety certificate is crucial to ensure installations are in good working order and present no danger for life. A faulty gas appliance can result in a gas leak, vastly increasing the risk of fire damage and toxic gas inhalation. Likewise, a valid certificate is also necessary for insurance purposes, who without it, would almost certainly not pay out in the event of a claim.
LPG Gas Safety Certificates
All premises should obtain a relevant gas safety certificate from a registered gas safety engineer, such as those listed on the Gas Safe Register (formally known as CORGI registered). A registered engineer will provide a full inspection of appliances, pipework and ventilation, ensuring maximum safety. If they are completely satisfied, they will then issue the relevant paperwork. If the engineer encounters a problem, they will be in a position to advise on the necessary work needed to bring the appliance into good working order.
Landlord Gas Safety Certificate
Landlords have a duty of care to tenants and are required by law to maintain the standard of gas and electrical appliances. A gas safety certificate for landlords will ensure that gas appliances such as the gas meter and associated devices are thoroughly tested, ensuring safety for tenants. It is recommended that a new gas safety certificate is obtained every 12 months. The National Landlords Association (NLA) provides additional guidance on how to comply with legal requirements.
Commercial Gas Certificate
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 states that a gas certificate is a legal requirement for commercial premises, such as restaurants, pubs, cafes, offices and other public buildings. Like the landlord-specific certificate, it ensures the gas system has been examined by a qualified gas safety engineer that has permission to issue a commercial certificate.
Commercial Catering Certificate
These gas safety certificates are required for commercial kitchens and similar catering settings. They differ from domestic certification in that a fully qualified gas safety engineer trained in the diagnosis and repair of commercial gas appliances is required for sign-off. More details on commercial catering gas certification can be found at the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS).
Commercial Boiler Service & Repair
In the commercial sector, regular boiler maintenance is crucial to maintain the safety of customers and reliability of the gas system. It is recommended that all commercial premises invest in an annual service by a qualified Gas Safe engineer. This will enhance the lifetime of the appliance, improve safety and ensure business can continue, safe in the knowledge the gas system has been thoroughly checked.
Mobile Catering Service & Repair
Operators of mobile catering services, burger vans and fast food trucks are also required to obtain a valid gas safety certificate, showing the unit is safe and fit for purpose. It is recommended that that all appliances and connections are checked on a regular basis, since this is the best way to ensure compliance and safety. This will also help to extend the longevity of equipment, making it more cost effective.
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