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Gas Safety in Catering

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 place specific duties on gas users, installers, suppliers and landlords. Fixed gas installations in mobile catering premises for example must be fitted and tested by a competent gas fitter such as a person registered with The Gas Safe Register.

Note: You may also have heard of CORGI-Registered Engineers. The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI on the 1st April 2009. If you need work done on Gas appliances, ask the engineer for their Gas Safe Register ID Card before you allow them to work on your appliances. Do not allow them to work on your appliance if they cannot show you their card. You can check if a business is Gas Safe certified on the Gas Safe Register's Check An Engineer Service.


Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) In Vehicles
The basic principles for reducing the potential risks associated with LPG in vehicles are summarised below.

Minimise:

(i) permanently attached to the vehicle and requires to be the potential dangers associated with a fire and explosion; and

(ii) the potential toxic effects of the products of combustion; and

(iii) other potential dangers of gas leaks, such as asphyxiation; by

(a) location of gas containers in a safe place;

(b) ensuring the possibility of leaks within the vehicle is kept to a minimum, eg use of rigid pipework. adequately supported and protected against accidental damage and any joints in the pipework should be readily accessible for maintenance and inspection, with high pressure connections located outside the vehicle;

(c) using all plant and equipment which is constructed to a recognised standard, such as relevant British Standards;

(d) properly installing and maintaining all such plant and equipment. This should include regular inspection;

(e) ensuring there is adequate ventilation at both high and low level to dilute the gas in the event of a leak;

(f) installation of adequate flues, where required;

(g) provision of adequate permanent ventilation to ensure adequate supply of fresh air to complete combustion of the fuel gas;

(h) ensuring that safe systems 'of work are adopted, eg clear instruction in the changing of cylinders, restriction in the sources of ignition, such as smoking;

(i) taking adequate fire precautions including the provision of adequate fire fighting equipment and adequate instructions for action to be taken in an emergency.