Gas Safety & Compliance of the Northern Ireland Gas Order

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Fermanagh and Omagh District Council,

Given the obvious dangers related to gas and the installation and maintenance of the given appliances is paramount that anyone inspecting and ensuring safety is trained in that particular task and holds the appropriate qualifications to ensure safety to themselves and members of the public is always a top priority for our councils I want to ask the following.

when a member of staff is tasked to ensure compliance in a fixed or mobile catering establishment …….

what gas qualifications do they hold?
How often do they inspect these premises for gas compliance Mobile & Fixed?
what do they test and check at the inspection in relation to gas compliance legislation?
Can untrained staff test and inspect gas appliances or should they hold the relevant qualifications and registration?
Do all inspecting staff to these establishments have a firm and knowledgeable understanding of the gas appliance/appliances they are tasked to inspect to ensure compliance to the Northern Ireland Gas Order and Public Safety?
When a concern for safety has been reported to your/our council and a member of staff is appointed to attend would they be a gas qualified member of staff who understands fully the task in hand?
When an inspector at these premises identifies unsafe practices in relation to gas what action do they/should they take?
Are our council suitably resourced and qualified to carry out the given tasks in relation to gas safety and compliance?
Do our council routinely inspect mobile catering wagons prior to entry to an event?
How many catering wagons have been refused entry into an event because they do not meet gas safety standards in our area?
if an inspector identifies a by passed interlock or a canopy too small what action do they take?

Yours faithfully,

Paul steward

Elish Gray, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Dear Mr Steward

 

Reference: ATI 1477/18

 

Thank you for your email of 2 August 2018.

 

Your request has been allocated reference number ATI 1477/18.

 

Your request shall be dealt with as soon as possible and you will be
issued with a response no later than 31 August 2018.

 

Regards

Elish

Elish Gray
Administrative Assistant
Directorate of Community, Health and Leisure
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
2 Townhall Street
Enniskillen
Co Fermanagh
BT74 7BA
Tel:03003031777 - Extension 21209

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From: Paul steward <[FOI #505213 email]>
Sent: 02 August 2018 11:23 AM
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Gas Safety & Compliance of the
Northern Ireland Gas Order
 
Dear Fermanagh and Omagh District Council,

Given the obvious dangers related to gas and the installation and
maintenance of the given appliances is paramount that anyone inspecting
and ensuring safety is trained in that particular task and holds the
appropriate qualifications to ensure safety to themselves and members of
the public is always a top priority for our councils I want to ask the
following.

when a member of staff is tasked to ensure compliance in a fixed or mobile
catering establishment …….

what gas qualifications do they hold?
How often do they inspect these premises for gas compliance Mobile &
Fixed?
what do they test and check at the inspection in relation to gas
compliance legislation?
Can untrained staff test and inspect gas appliances or should they hold
the relevant qualifications and registration?
Do all inspecting staff to these establishments have a firm and
knowledgeable understanding of the gas appliance/appliances they are
tasked to inspect to ensure compliance to the Northern Ireland Gas Order
and Public Safety?
When a concern for safety has been reported to your/our council and a
member of staff is appointed to attend would they be a gas qualified
member of staff who understands fully the task in hand?
When an inspector at these premises identifies unsafe practices in
relation to gas what action do they/should they take?
Are our council suitably resourced  and qualified to carry out the given
tasks in relation to gas safety and compliance?
Do our council routinely inspect mobile catering wagons prior to entry to
an event?
How many catering wagons have been refused entry into an event because
they do not meet gas safety standards in our area?
if an inspector identifies a by passed interlock or a canopy too small
what action do they take?

Yours faithfully,

Paul steward

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Fiona Douglas, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Mr Steward

please see response to your FOI request on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh
DC. Response answers are in red text.

Regards

Fiona Douglas

Head of Environmental Health

what gas qualifications do they hold? 
Environmental Health Officers hold a BSc In Environmental Health. Officers
do not hold a specific gas qualification.
How often do they inspect these premises for gas compliance Mobile &
Fixed? 
Premises are inspected in accordance with Advice/Guidance to Local
Authorities on Priority Planning
what do they test and check at the inspection in relation to gas
compliance legislation? 
Officers are not qualified to test anything. They check the documents
relating to gas safety. 
Can untrained staff test and inspect gas appliances or should they hold
the relevant qualifications and registration? 
No,  under no circumstances should untrained staff test and inspect gas
appliances.  Staff who test and inspect gas appliances should hold the
relevant qualifications and registration.
Do all inspecting staff to these establishments have a firm and
knowledgeable understanding of the gas appliance/appliances they are
tasked to inspect to ensure compliance to the Northern Ireland Gas Order
and Public Safety?
As already stated District Council staff do not inspect gas
appliances. District Council staff are not authorised to enforce the
Gas Northern Ireland Order 1996 which I presume is the piece of
legislation referred to above. 
When a concern for safety has been reported to your/our council and a
member of staff is appointed to attend would they be a gas qualified
member of staff who understands fully the task in hand? 
The staff member would have a BSc in Environmental Health and a suitably
competent gas safe engineer can be given temporary authorisation to
accompany this staff member if necessary 
When an inspector at these premises identifies unsafe practices in
relation to gas what action do they/should they take?
The inspector can take action in accordance with the Council's Prosecution
and Enforcement Procedure
Are our council suitably resourced  and qualified to carry out the given
tasks in relation to gas safety and compliance? 
Yes
Do our council routinely inspect mobile catering wagons prior to entry to
an event? 
Yes in accordance with the Advice/Guidance to Local Authorities on
Priority Planning.
How many catering wagons have been refused entry into an event because
they do not meet gas safety standards in our area? 
Event organisers are advised by the Environmental Health Department to
only permit catering wagons with an up to date gas safety certificate into
their events. The EH department does not hold information on the number of
catering wagons refused entry into events. If you direct your question to
event organisers they may be able to provide this information 
if an inspector identifies a by passed interlock or a canopy too small
what action do they take? 
The inspector can take action in accordance with the Council's Prosecution
and Enforcement Procedure

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From: Paul steward <[FOI #505213 email]>
Sent: 02 August 2018 11:23 AM
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Gas Safety & Compliance of the
Northern Ireland Gas Order
 
Dear Fermanagh and Omagh District Council,

Given the obvious dangers related to gas and the installation and
maintenance of the given appliances is paramount that anyone inspecting
and ensuring safety is trained in that particular task and holds the
appropriate qualifications to ensure safety to themselves and members of
the public is always a top priority for our councils I want to ask the
following.

when a member of staff is tasked to ensure compliance in a fixed or mobile
catering establishment …….

what gas qualifications do they hold?
How often do they inspect these premises for gas compliance Mobile &
Fixed?
what do they test and check at the inspection in relation to gas
compliance legislation?
Can untrained staff test and inspect gas appliances or should they hold
the relevant qualifications and registration?
Do all inspecting staff to these establishments have a firm and
knowledgeable understanding of the gas appliance/appliances they are
tasked to inspect to ensure compliance to the Northern Ireland Gas Order
and Public Safety?
When a concern for safety has been reported to your/our council and a
member of staff is appointed to attend would they be a gas qualified
member of staff who understands fully the task in hand?
When an inspector at these premises identifies unsafe practices in
relation to gas what action do they/should they take?
Are our council suitably resourced  and qualified to carry out the given
tasks in relation to gas safety and compliance?
Do our council routinely inspect mobile catering wagons prior to entry to
an event?
How many catering wagons have been refused entry into an event because
they do not meet gas safety standards in our area?
if an inspector identifies a by passed interlock or a canopy too small
what action do they take?

Yours faithfully,

Paul steward

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