As gas installers we are familiar with having to assess/test those appliances that we work on to ensure they can be used/continue to be used safely – often referred to as our ‘26(9) checks’.
Hopefully, most of you will also be aware that we have a duty to also inspect those gas appliances that we don’t directly work on, but come in to contact with whilst in the customers home?
This duty is a basic and minimum requirement stipulated under Regulation 26 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (GSIUR).
We are often required to purge a gas installation after a temporary interruption of the gas supply i.e. a ‘check and relight’ condition or we pass a gas cooker, fire, etc whilst heading for the boiler.
Well, whilst conducting a check & relight or passing another gas appliance we need to do a simple visual risk assessment of the appliance(s) in an effort to identify any obvious safety issue – most of us probably do this automatically without giving it a second thought.
However, when we’ve done our work and left the customer’s home, how can we prove we’ve done those minimum safety checks; particularly should something go wrong at a later date?
The answer is a simple form allowing you to record basic information on the appliance(s) involved which can be left with your customer and a file copy kept by yourself for future review.