Gas safety is essential, and for the heating installers, gas fitters and service engineers amongst you, keeping your ACS qualification up-to-date is a legal requirement that keeps both you and your customers safe.
Over the last few years, there have been a number of changes to standards, regulations and best-practice, with safety particularly high on the agenda.
If your ACS is coming up for renewal, here’s an overview of the changes you need to be aware of:
New gas pipework standard: BS6891:2015
BS 6891 and BS 5482 have been combined, making a single standard covering the installation and maintenance of low pressure gas installation pipework of up to 35mm, for both natural gas and LPG:
- New safety initiatives – there are several to get your head around, for example, in addition to a regulator, an over pressure shut-off (OPSO) must now be included as part the pipework installation (even where there is no meter installed).
- Fresh guidance – including designing, sizing and commissioning the regulator and gas pipework installations.
New ACS module: CMDDA1 – Investigating CO
This module is necessary for gas installers who need to investigate a report of fumes or CO alarm activation, in accordance with BS7967.
Installers will be assessed on their ability to use an Electronic Combustion Gas Analyser (ECGA), interpret readings and determine the cause of the fumes or alarm activation.
Changes to notification of work
Gas Safe Register have amended the Rules of Registration:
- Installers can no longer notify Local Authority with a Building Notice.
- Since April 2016, notification of work must be done directly through Gas Safe Register by logging into your account with them.
- Gas Safe Register will send a Building Regulations Compliance certificate directly to your customer and advise the relevant Local Authority Building Control department of the work on your behalf.
Since 2014, installers have been required to check and record levels of flue gas Carbon Monoxide (CO) and the combustion ratio when commissioning condensing boilers at both high and low fire.
To be able to do this installers need an appropriate electronic combustion gas analyser with a valid calibration certificate as specified in BS7967.
Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP)
GIUSP Edition 7 came into force July 2016, focusing on improving end user safety by avoiding confusion when it comes to unsafe appliances:
- ‘Danger Do Not Use’ warning label introduced to cover both ‘At Risk’ (AR) or ‘Immediately Dangerous’ (ID) situations, delivering a single and clear message to customers.
- The Not Current Standards (NCS) category has been removed.
Don’t forget to show your Gas Safe Registration ID Card to your customers!
There seems to be a lack of understanding amongst end users when it comes to making sure the trades’ people they use are reputable.
By taking the time to explain to them what your accreditation’s mean, you can help maintain the reputation of the gas industry and put a stop to the ‘cowboys’, creating more business for qualified installers.