For a commercial property, responsibility for ensuring the building has a valid Gas Safety Certificate will be dependent on the lease, but it is important to note that if the lease gives responsibility to the tenant, the owner or managing agent must be confident that the tenant is carrying out their duties, and will still be responsible for the Gas Safety in the communal areas.
What are your obligations?
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state that if you are responsible for the Gas Safety in a commercial property it is your job to make sure any relevant gas fitting is maintained in a safe condition. This includes ensuring that, “each appliance and flue to which that duty extends is checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and should be checked at 12-month intervals.”
You must ensure that all works are undertaken by an approved Gas Safe registered engineer and keep records of the annual Gas Safety Inspection for a minimum of 2 years.
What are the implications of non-compliance?
Compliance is a legal responsibility. The Health and Safety Executive warns that you could face a large fine or imprisonment if the consequences of you neglecting your responsibilities result in death.
We can help you fulfil your obligations
We can help you to keep your building compliant and the people in it happy and safe. We can carry out regular gas safety checks for you using a Gas Safe engineer and provide all the necessary certification. The simplest way to achieve this is to put a Darenth Valley planned and preventative maintenance contract in place, which can also cover any or all of the 12 Maintenance Essentials as required.
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.