COVID-19 is no excuse to ignore gas safety, says HSE
Yesterday we blogged about EPCs. Today we’re updating you on the need for those all-important gas safety checks during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The HSE is under pressure to extend gas safety certificates from 12-18 months to reduce the number of engineers visiting people’s homes and prevent further spread of Coronavirus. But despite lobbying from the gas industry the Government is yet to grant an extension and this week the HSE reiterated that gas safety checks must still be carried out in order to protect tenants’ safety. This is felt to be particularly important at a time when most people are spending all their time at home.
Previous guidance from the HSE said that landlords must show they have taken “reasonable steps” to attempt to gain access to a property where they have been denied access due to tenants self-isolating. Now, the HSE, via the Gas Safe Register, has published guidance to show what those “reasonable steps” would look like across a range of different scenarios.
There is more advice for landlords on the Gas Safety Register website here.
The HSE says that each property should be considered on a case-by-case basis and when gas engineers are unavailable landlords must take reasonable steps to obtain alternative services. Where this is not possible, landlords must prioritise based on age of appliances, previous work carried out, breakdown history, presence of carbon monoxide alarms, and whether the tenant is considered vulnerable.
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Author : Mary-Anne Bowring
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