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The Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995

These Regulations require that all new gas appliances must be safe and come with instructions when first placed on the market.

Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998

The Regulations deal with the safe installation, maintenance and use of gas systems, including gas fittings, appliances and flues, mainly in domestic and commercial premises, eg offices, shops, public buildings and similar places. The requirements include both natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The Regulations extend to the

Who can install a gas appliance?:

The Regulations provide that only businesses registered with the Gas Safe Register are permitted to carry out installation and maintenance of gas appliances in most business premises or in most properties let for commercial or domestic use.  The regulations apply to landlords and employers.

When installing gas appliances, you should ask to see their current registration certificate, and you can find out more about Gas Safe and check whether the installer is a member on the Gas Safe Register website

An approved installer is required to comply with appropriate standards so that the work may done in a manner which avoids danger to any person and that the equipment installed is suitable.

It is illegal to install any fixed fire, space heater or water heater of more than 14kW input into a room intended to be used as sleeping accommodation, unless it is 'room sealed'.  If it is below 14kW, it must either be 'room sealed' or have an oxygen depletion cut out.

Mobile cabinet gas heaters should only be used in rooms where there is sufficient ventilation.

Maintenance and Use:

Employers with gas appliance at places of work, landlords and providers of holiday accommodation must ensure that gas appliances, including LPG cabinet heaters, are checked for safety, including, where relevant, checks on the effectiveness of the flue, the ventilation, gas operating pressure and gas tightness by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Checks should be carried out at least every 12 months, and records kept of the test dates, defects and remedial action taken. Records should be kept for 2 years.  Landlords must also make this information available to tenants and prospective tenants.

All gas appliances should be provided with adequate instructions for their safe use.

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Additional Reading:

Gas Cooking Appliances
Gas Heating Appliances
Safety of Oil-fired Boilers
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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A Guide to Landlord's Duties under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations