Latest COVID safe working practices
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have issued the latest guidance to provide further clarification on questions received by Gas Safe registered businesses. For all of the latest advice please visit our website.
Can gas engineers still work?
Given the restrictions that have been put in place in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is essential that any registered businesses undertaking work still follow the guidelines in terms of:
Keeping a minimum of 2m apart from other people (who are not from your household)
Washing hands frequently
Wiping down all surfaces
Full guidance on precautions to take to avoid transferring or contracting the virus can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
This is based on current guidance from the UK Government, at 24th March 2020, and is subject to change as the pandemic situation progresses.
We also note that registered businesses should conduct their own assessment of the risks before entering any property, as with any other risk.
Can I still carry out a landlord gas safety check?
Landlords still have a legal duty to repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in a safe condition, to ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, and to keep a record of each safety check. The latest restrictions on leaving the home currently allow registered gas engineers to undertake essential work, whilst taking the appropriate precautions advised to avoid spreading or contracting the virus in a new setting.
In the event you are unable to gain access to the property, e.g. persistent refusal of access due to vulnerable tenants self-isolating, the landlord will be expected to be able to demonstrate that they took reasonable steps to comply with the law, and that they are seeking to arrange the safety check as soon as all parties are able. This will need to include records of communication with the tenant, and details of any attempts where the engineer tried to gain access.