Public Protection Officers from Wiltshire council have been working in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safe to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety. Gas safety is a known problem in the catering industry with work being carried out illegally or equipment/services not being fitted or maintained properly. This can have serious consequences including explosion or asphyxiation from poisonous gases. Recent work in Wiltshire revealed 67 at risk situations, appliances installed by unregistered engineers and one immediately dangerous situation.
It is important that all businesses ensure their appliances are checked by competent qualified gas engineers on a regular basis and effective maintenance follows the manufacturers instructions. All gas safety examination records and documentation must be kept and be available during inspections.
A gas safety in catering information sheet has been produced following the gas safety awareness project to assist you in carrying out checks on your gas appliances. This practical guide is simple to follow and complete. Reviewing it on a regular basis will help you check that your gas appliances are operating correctly and that you are complying with health and safety legislation. This sheet can be placed in your Safer Food Better Business folder and officers will check this alongside your food safety documentation when they visit you.
Further information on gas safety in catering premises can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website
gas safety information leaflet