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Gas

Precautions you can take and laws you must comply with when working with gas

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The word 'gas' can be used to describe the physical state of many substances however, the following guidance focuses specifically on the safe use of gas as a fuel in the workplace. It is commonly used as a fuel for heating, cooking, welding, cutting and for processing products. Anywhere a flame is needed.

Use the links below to find information on common gas hazards and how to assess these, precautions you can take and your legal obligations.

  1. Common gas related hazards
  2. Gas safety precautions
  3. Gas safety legislation
 

2. Gas safety precautions

If your risk assessment has found hazards linked to the use of gas, then you need to put precautions in place.

There are a number of things you can do, such as the following.

  • Make sure your staff are trained to use equipment.
  • Store gas cylinders as per regulations.
  • Install and regularly test carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and alarm systems.
  • Perform regular inspections.
  • Schedule and record formal maintenance that is carried out by a competent person.
  • Make sure pipes, storage areas and vehicles carrying gas are suitably marked and signed.

You should also

  • keep areas around external flue outlets clear including from leaf and paper debris
  • make sure there is suitable airflow around gas appliances.