Most food businesses failing gas safety checks

Commercial Kitchen

Restaurants and takeaways in Gateshead are failing to get adequate gas safety checks on their equipment and are breaking the law by getting domestic safety certificates instead.

Recent inspections carried out by Gateshead Council Environmental Health officers of commercial catering gas appliances have uncovered a worrying trend in local hot food businesses choosing to use gas engineers who are not competent or qualified to issue commercial gas safety certificates.

Instead, businesses are having their mandatory gas safety inspections carried out by people who are only qualified to issue safety certificates for much smaller domestic appliances.

Around 70% of hot food takeaways and restaurants inspected by EHO's have found to have the wrong gas safety certificates and as a result both workers and customers are being put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The inspections have resulted in businesses who have obtained the wrong gas safety certificate having to pay for a second inspection by a competent gas engineer to ensure that they have the correct certification.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"The onus is on businesses to ensure that the gas engineer they use is competent to undertake the work they need them to do, but this is clearly not happening.

"We are therefore urging local food businesses to ensure that they only use a properly registered gas engineer, and that the engineer is registered to work on the appliances and type of gas that they use."

Business owners can check that a gas engineer is registered by going to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by telephoning Gas Safe Register freephone on 0800 408 5500. They will be pleased to confirm a registration, and check that an engineer is registered to work on commercial gas appliances.

Chefs in a restaurant kitchen
20 February 2019

Restaurants and takeaways in Gateshead are failing to get adequate gas safety checks on their equipment and are breaking the law by getting domestic safety certificates instead.

Recent inspections carried out by Gateshead Council Environmental Health officers of commercial catering gas appliances have uncovered a worrying trend in local hot food businesses choosing to use gas engineers who are not competent or qualified to issue commercial gas safety certificates.

Instead, businesses are having their mandatory gas safety inspections carried out by people who are only qualified to issue safety certificates for much smaller domestic appliances.

Around 70% of hot food takeaways and restaurants inspected by EHO's have found to have the wrong gas safety certificates and as a result both workers and customers are being put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The inspections have resulted in businesses who have obtained the wrong gas safety certificate having to pay for a second inspection by a competent gas engineer to ensure that they have the correct certification.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"The onus is on businesses to ensure that the gas engineer they use is competent to undertake the work they need them to do, but this is clearly not happening.

"We are therefore urging local food businesses to ensure that they only use a properly registered gas engineer, and that the engineer is registered to work on the appliances and type of gas that they use."

Business owners can check that a gas engineer is registered by going to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by telephoning Gas Safe Register freephone on 0800 408 5500. They will be pleased to confirm a registration, and check that an engineer is registered to work on commercial gas appliances.

More Gateshead news

Share this page