Unsafe gas appliances can produce a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO) and inadequate venting in a building can enable this to build to dangerously high levels. Every year there are about sixty deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in this country. *
If you’re responsible for a commercial property and you fail to maintain boilers and heating systems correctly your tenants could be at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning or gas explosions.
What are your obligations?
- Have an annual check
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 it is a commercial landlord’s responsibility to have gas appliances and flues checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Any issues identified will have to be addressed before a gas safety record for the property can be issued.
- Maintain records
It is the legal duty of the landlord to be able to demonstrate that gas safety checks have been made within the required timescales. At least last two years of gas safety records must be retained.
The implications of non-compliance
Failure to comply with the Regulations has severe consequences, including a substantial fine or imprisonment. HSE guidance for landlords advises that a breach of the rules could result in imprisonment and unlimited fines and noncompliance causing loss of life could result in a manslaughter charge. Additionally, if a property does not have a gas safety certification it could invalidate any buildings insurance.
We can help you fulfil your obligations
We can help you to keep your building compliant and the people in it happy and safe.
Regular maintenance is essential for the safe operation of gas appliances. An annual service, ideally just prior to the gas safety inspection, is the absolute minimum, for large systems more frequent maintenance may be required. Boilers and heating plant that receive appropriate servicing will benefit from efficient operation, which will reduce energy consumption, improve carbon footprint and reduce costs
The simplest way to ensure that you comply with all the Maintenance Essentials, including Gas Safe certification, is to put a Darenth Valley planned and preventative maintenance contract in place.
Whether you have one boiler for one office or a big system serving a whole building we can discuss your requirements with you and agree a maintenance schedule to cover your boiler and heating systems and any other maintenance requirements. The schedule can include monthly or quarterly maintenance – visual checks, checking flow rates and pressures and maintenance required to keep the system running – and we will arrange annual certification with one of our registered Gas Safe engineers and maintain records.
We can install CO2 detectors and alarms and we can maintain them as part of your PPM contract.
If you’re considering upgrading to a more energy efficient boiler, we can help with this too.
*Source : NHS
Do our Happy Building Health Check
We’ve identified 12 areas of essential maintenance for keeping commercial property compliant and created a Happy Building Health Check chart. If compliance is your responsibility download it and check that your building complies.