Councils across Northern Ireland will be visiting care homes and hospitality businesses over the next six months to make sure that gas appliances are being properly maintained.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has partnered with councils across the country as part of a campaign to raise awareness of gas safety in commercial catering.

Until March 2023, environmental health officers and HSENI Inspectors will be following a programme of checks to ensure that commercial kitchens in settings like care homes are above board.

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The law currently places duties on companies to ensure that any gas appliances, installation pipework and flues under their control are maintained in a safe condition to prevent risk of injury.

Gas equipment must be installed, commissioned and maintained by an appropriately qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, and supporting evidence of the installation should be available for review during any subsequent inspections.

As part of the initiative, care homes and other operators will be reminded to ensure that contractors are qualified to work on their gas supply and the type of gas appliances they have.

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