As a landlord, you have a legal obligation to produce a valid gas safety inspection certificate to your tenants. As well as this responsibility, it’s also a good idea to ensure that you have an annual boiler service done – this will help your tenants to get the best from their heating while also potentially saving you money; if you don’t look after your boiler, it’s likely to need replacing much quicker than it would otherwise. Gas Safety Regulations put strict requirements on Landlords to ensure that the boiler and gas systems in rental properties are safe and well maintained on an annual basis. However, there is not the same level of requirement on Landlords to ensure that the electrics in a property are adequate and PAT testing is not a compulsory requirement unlike Gas Safety Inspections. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 provides that an electrical installation in a property is “Safe when a tenancy begins” and “Maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy”.
In every home or commercial establishment there are boilers, gas appliances, heating and other needs which require the expert handling of a plumber from time to time, so it is but natural that they will need to be well-versed with these by taking gas safety courses.
It has been made mandatory by law that plumbers who are working on gas appliances like boilers, heaters and others like these need to be registered with Gas Safe, which is the nationally accredited certification scheme which proclaims that the plumber is a Gas safe engineer. This means that he is registered and completely authorized to work on installations that revolve around gas safety and other needs.
Why It Is Important?
According to recent news, there was an incident where a plumber provided fake safety certificates and posed as an engineer so that he could repair the home-owners pipes and carry out work that could be termed as illegal.
He was caught and fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) because what he did was not only illegal but also highly dangerous. Working on boilers, installations and other related queries means that the plumber is working in a highly sensitive environment. Even the slightest mistake in this high pressured condition can prove to be disastrous. One of them could be a serious case of carbon monoxide leaking which is hazardous in any condition.
To work on such highly technical appliances it is stated by the law that plumbers need to undergo gas safety courses through which they will become knowledgeable about the sensitive nature of their work. They will be given advice and the practical training which will allow them to be capable of working on instruments that revolve around safety when applied to appliances like boilers.
In a private home where a family has resided for a fairly long time, there is a need to ensure that regular checks and maintenance be done so that the family is never put at risk. Proper gas safety courses taken by the plumber who visits such a home can turn it into a safe and secure residence by doing what is right.
In commercial houses where there are large boilers and heaters running on gases and are multiple in numbers also need to make sure that there are maintenance checks done regularly. Any mishap at such a site can have serious consequences right from carbon monoxide leakage to any kind of explosion.
When a plumber takes these gas safety courses it means that he has had training and other courses which allows him to be familiar with extremely sensitive piece of equipments. He has the right authority and the accreditation which makes sure that he is a qualified engineer who can work on these appliances and make the environment safer after his work is done.
Plumbers are not simply workmen who ensure that showers or pipes and plumbing are working properly. They make sure that you will not face leaks, water seepage and the repercussions following a water burst. You also turn to them when you need to install a boiler or a gas appliance that requires their expertise.
They will gain this additional expertise only when they take gas safety courses and ensure you a safe and protected environment.
Connaught Gas Services handles every aspect of gas servicing and maintenance. They are qualified and expert workers who can take on the task even when the environment is a large commercial facility with large boilers and related appliances. Their plumbers have undergone gas safety courses and are qualified and licensed engineers who can work around such sensitive instruments.