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A guide to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended)

Overview

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) “A Guide to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended)” is a crucial document for businesses and individuals involved in the management of gas safety. This comprehensive guide outlines the key requirements and provisions of the regulations, along with their impacts on businesses and the types of businesses affected.

The Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (GSMR) are aimed at ensuring the safe management of gas systems and appliances in non-domestic premises. The regulations apply to employers, self-employed individuals, and anyone who has control over gas fittings and appliances in workplaces.

Key provisions of this guidance include:

  • Duties of Employers and Self-Employed: Employers and self-employed individuals must ensure the safety of their gas systems and appliances by conducting regular maintenance, inspections, and repairs by competent persons.
  • Appointment of Competent Persons: Businesses must appoint competent persons to carry out gas work, including installation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Gas Safety Checks: Regular gas safety checks must be conducted on all gas appliances and systems, with records kept for at least two years.
  • Gas Safety Records: Employers and self-employed individuals must maintain accurate records of all gas safety checks, maintenance, and repairs.
    Notification of Gas Safety Failures: Any gas safety failure that poses an immediate danger must be reported to the relevant authorities immediately.

This guidance came into force on the 6th of April 2024 and applies to the United Kingdom.

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Does this guidance affect my business?

The Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (GSMR) imposes significant responsibilities on businesses to ensure the safety of gas systems and appliances in their premises. Failure to comply with the regulations can lead to serious consequences, including fines, legal action, and endangerment of employees and the public.

Therefore, a Guide to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended) is an essential resource for businesses and individuals involved in the management of gas safety. By understanding and complying with the regulations, businesses can ensure the safety of their premises and protect the well-being of their employees and the public.

Do I need this guidance in my ISO Compliance Register?

This guidance applies to a wide range of businesses, including but not limited to:

  • Offices and commercial buildings;
  • Schools and educational institutions;
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities;
  • Manufacturing plants and industrial premises; and
  • Restaurants, hotels, and hospitality businesses.

If this includes your organisation we strongly recommend you include this guidance in your ISO Compliance Register.

Legislation related to this guidance

Legislation related to this guidance include:

  • Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996
  • The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety (Liquefied Petroleum Gas Incident) Regulations 2014

More information

Visit “A guide to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 (as amended)” on the hse.gov.uk website.

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