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Latest Gas/Oil/LPG Health & Safety Regulations

Modern boilers used in commercial and industrial organisations are designed for long term use and are much more reliable, but they are still governed by strict health and safety legislation. Boilers represent a large investment for a business, but the cost of health and safety is far greater and boilers involve the use of fuel, power and moving parts which mean they fall under various sets of legislation.

Commercial organisations can use a boiler for little more than domestic use (ie. for heating a small office or unit and for welfare use) or they can require a boiler for large scale power generation, but in each case, poor design, installation or maintenance can have damaging and potentially fatal repercussions. So legislation is designed to cover injuries, fatalities, damaged plant and the costs of loss of production and efficiencies.

The various sets of legislation that are currently in place, therefore, aim to control management, operators, supervisors, maintenance personnel and contracted personnel. Most of this legislation falls under the top tier Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 and there are also various Approved Codes of Practice issued by the Health & Safety Executive which aim to support the following legislation.

Legislation relating to the safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers

  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations
  • Safe Use of Work Equipment – Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Safety of Pressure Systems – Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
  • Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations
  • Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmosphere Regulations

These all cover the safe design, installation, operation and maintenance of boilers, and a key feature in terms of maintenance is the need to prepare a written scheme which outlines the examination required and describes the system, including vessels, pipework and safety devices. This written scheme must be certified by a competent person and the employer has a duty to manage this process.

Legislation relating to gas safety

These amended regulations came into force in April 2018, and an associated Approved Code of Practice gives advice on how to meet the requirements. This applies to anyone who has a duty under the 1998 regulations to install, service, maintain or repair gas appliances and other gas fittings. Landlords also have duties under these regulations.

The following list of legislation also interacts with the 1998 Gas Safety Regulations:

  • Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996
  • Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

Environmental Legislation

In addition, employers also need to be aware of environmental legislation which governs work with boilers, gas, LPG and oil. This mainly relates to emissions and disposal of substances and details can be referenced in:

  • Clean Air Act
  • Industrial Emissions Directive
  • Environmental Permitting Regulations

Comply with all your regulatory requirements

Working with Robinsons Facilities Services you can be assured that you are complying with your regulatory duties. All our staff are fully trained in the latest regulatory requirements and our procedures and schemes of work comply with all duties and are regularly reviewed to maintain this compliance. If you require any information on these regulations and your duties under them, please contact us today.

 

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