Regulation 26 (9) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use)
Regulation 26 (7) – (10) of the gas safety regulations states (some of you may know this as FAGS);
“After performing work on a installed appliance,
engineers should carry out the necessary checks and tests to ensure that the appliance, and any associated flue, is safe to use”
Guidance is then given in Appendix 3 of these checks when gas engineers carry out installation, commissioning, maintenance or safety check work on an appliance;
- Suitable – is the appliance suitable and adjusted for the type of gas being supplied
- Location – is the appliance type suitable for the room / location in which it is installed?
- Ventilation – is the room or space where the appliance is located adequately ventilated
- Flueing – is the chimney system adequate and suitable to remove products of combustion? The flue must be checked throughout it’s entirety
- Operating pressure and/or Heat Input – where it can be measured an operating pressure and heat input should be taken. For condensing boilers it is usually only possible to measure the heat input
- Combustion Performance – where specified by the manufacturer using a suitable analyser a combustion performance test should be carried out
- Flame Picture – this is visually checked if possible
- Signs of Distress – are there any signs of distress to the appliance (e.g. are there signs of spillage, rusting or damaged case seal?)
- Stable and Secure – is the appliance physically stable, securely fitted and properly connected to other gas fittings
It is then the legal responsibility of any gas engineer to notify the responsible person of any defects that have been found. This can be the home owner or the landlord and is usually done either as an advisory or by the way of a warning notice that is signed by the responsible person.