Council sampling exercise reveals 15% of Thanet’s catering premises had invalid gas certificates

The council’s Public Protection team has recently completed a three-month information gathering exercise across a range of catering premises in Thanet.

The aim of the exercise, supported by the Gas Safe Register, was to establish if there is an issue with gas safety in the catering sector across Kent. The Thanet component looked at 32 premises to check that gas equipment was installed and maintained correctly, and that the registrations and qualifications of the gas engineers carrying out the work were correct.

As a result of the exercise, 15% of the premises were found to have employed gas engineers working outside of their remit and therefore had been issued with invalid gas certificates.

All those businesses contacted now have the correct certificates to comply with gas safety legislation. To ensure ongoing compliance, the Public Protection team will also follow these up in February 2018.

The information gained will be shared across the council’s entire environmental health team to increase their awareness of these issues when carrying out routine food safety and hygiene inspections. These are carried out on average every 18 - 24 months.

Gas Safe Register

Findings from the exercise have also been passed to the Gas Safe Register, which is the official gas registration body for the UK. By law all gas engineers must be on the register, and it will investigate and take appropriate action against those engineers issuing invalid certificates.

The Gas Safe Register relies on information such as this in order to stop gas engineers carrying out potentially unsafe and dangerous work.

Cllr Fairbrass, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environmental Services, said:

“The findings of this project will be instrumental in informing businesses about their obligations to maintain health and safety standards in their premises.

It also sends a warning to those individuals knowingly performing gas installations when they are not properly accredited.”

For more information on the work of the Environmental Health team, go to: /your-services/environmental-health/

Any premises domestic or non-domestic that requires gas work should check that the engineer is properly qualified at https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/find-an-engineer

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