What do the new changes in gas safety regulations mean for me?
When a Gas Safety Engineer inspects the gas appliances at a property they will determine whether they are safe to use. Previously an engineer was able to mark an appliance as NCS (Not to Current Standards) with a recommendation that the landlord should bring the appliance up to current standards. Many of these messages were disregarded however as they showed that the appliance was not causing any immediate risk to safety.
The recent changes to the Gas Safety Engineers procedures mean that the 'Not to Current Standard' (NCS) warning no longer exists. Installations requiring a warning notice will now be At Risk (AR) or Immediately Dangerous (ID) as identified by the Gas Safe registered engineer and will be marked with a 'DANGER DO NOT USE' sticker. In most cases the installations previously noted as Not to Current Standards (NCS), may now become an At Risk (AR) notice which indicates the owner MUST bring their installation up to the current standards.
The user and owner has a duty under the Gas Safety and Use regulations to ensure their installation is maintained to current standards and does not pose a risk to persons or property. If you own the appliance, you are responsible for its maintenance and safety checks. It is illegal for anyone to use an appliance which they know to be unsafe.
The use of the new Danger Do Not Use messages were introduced on 1st July 2015 but in order to help businesses and engineers adapt to the changes they have been given a 12-month lead-in period, with full compliance expected by 1st July 2016. This means that after this date you may find that you need to take action following your property's Gas Safety inspection when you may not have needed to previously.
23rd June 2016
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