Precautions you can take and laws you must comply with when working with gas
The word 'gas' can be used to describe the physical state of many substances however, the following guidance focuses specifically on the safe use of gas as a fuel in the workplace. It is commonly used as a fuel for heating, cooking, welding, cutting and for processing products. Anywhere a flame is needed.
Use the links below to find information on common gas hazards and how to assess these, precautions you can take and your legal obligations.
risk assessment has found hazards linked to the use of gas, then you need to put precautions in place.
There are a number of things you can do, such as the following.
You should also
You can contact the Gas Safety Advice Line free on 0800 300 363 for more advice.
When using LPG extra care must be taken. This is because storage facilities for LPG must meet certain safety standards. You should store as few gas cylinders as possible.
You should also make sure there is suitable ventilation where the gas is being stored and used, particularly at low level. This is because LPG is heavier than air so there is a risk of asphyxiation.
The LPG Association guidance states that the storage area must
It is important to have all gas equipment supplied, fitted and maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
When selecting an engineer you should make sure that they are qualified to work on the correct equipment. You can do this by checking the back of their registration card.
The Gas Safe Register website also lists registered installers across the UK and their areas of expertise.
Visit the Gas Safe Register site to find a registered engineer near you
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