Gas Safety in Belfast Borough

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Belfast City Council fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Belfast City Council,

I am writing to inquire about Belfast City Council reaction to the Gas Explosion in Ballyhackmore at the Clay Oven.

Can the council please answer the following questions,

1. In the years 2013 - 2018 how many CP42 Commercial Gas Safety records did the council request from catering establishments? Qty for each year please.

2. How many of the requested CP42 records came back with defects that is a warning notice was written up and recorded on the CP42? Please identify if the defects were in the categories as a gas engineer would record them

Immediately Dangerous

At Risk

Not to Current Standards

3. Post August 2018 and the Explosion at the Clay Oven how many CP42 Commercial Gas Safety records did the council request from catering establishments? Have all premises which where asked for a safety record provided same to the council? If not how many are still outstanding?

4. How many of the requested CP42 records came back with defects that is a warning notice was written up and recorded on the CP42? Please identify if the defects were in the categories as a gas engineer would record them

Immediately Dangerous

At Risk

Not to Current Standards

5. How many non catering establishments have the council environmental health visited and requested suitable gas safety records from since Jan 2013?

6. On a new catering business opening in new or existing premises what do Belfast City Council ask them to provide in relation to gas installation where pipe work, supply and extraction system may have been altered? Type, name of certificates etc and what they record?

7. How many fixed premises operate in the Belfast Borough using natural, bottle/tank gas? I would expect the council to have this information from their attendance at Scores on the door visits to allow them to risk assess establishments?

8. Do the council provide any documentation to operators on Gas Safety in respect of commercial catering, chimerical boiler houses, school boiler houses, labs, home economic rooms etc? Do the councils check on these establishments or just let them wing it like the Clay Oven?

9. I read in the last Belfast City Council publication a totally useless item on Co alarms. It failed to make public aware alarms have a defined life usually 5-8 years and positioning is critical for the to be effective. Who did the council engage to write such a poor article? All alarms fitted after Castlerock incident would now be dead although sounding on pressing the switch giving false reassurance.

10. You cannot buy an electrical item without a Portable Appliance Test but the sale of dangerous secondhand gas equipment being sold at car boot, auctions and seen operators take domestic appliances into commercial catering establishments intent to installing them without the required safety devices is rife. What is Belfast City Council doing to prevent the sale of dangerous second hand catering and domestic cookers and equipment and education of operators that only suitable equipment should be installed? These must be sold with manuals and clearly readable data badges but all too often these are sold on. Do council staff check equipment on their visits to operators premises where items have been changed out and what record documentation do the council request? Please provide details of the council efforts and documents requested?

11. The failure of the Council to analyse the information coming back from commercial safety records requested to understand common gas safety issues mean the knee jerk response after the explosion at the Clay Oven has been nothing more than be seen to do something. Given that the current chief executive was previous the Head of Environmental health who let things decline to the point of a serious incident which occurred during school holidays may have prevent school children deaths being blasted into the road. Did the council make the choice deliberately not to analyse the data as it could be requested under a FOI request which would highlight the councils failure? I would looking forward to receiving the analysis of the data to be comfortable knowing that the council has made the exercise effective and guide them in their future efforts?

12. Belfast City council being a quality focused organisation and concerned to deliver a consistent standard would have check lists for checking catering establishments to document their findings and record remedial action operators were to take in respect of building control inspections of Gas Installations and Catering Inspections. Can the council please provide a copy please?

13. Given it is now more than 7 1/2 months since the neglect to check the Clay Oven why has the council not used its powers to get the owner to repair the building restoring the footpath access and restoring the sight line at the junction onto the Upper Newtownards Road to prevent vehicular accidents? The efforts put into Primark but East Belfast is left to rot? What is the council plans and when will the footpath be cleared for the steel work or will it be left to rot?

14. The trade met HSENI Gas Safety including their CEO in March 2018 and highlighted the following points, unqualified and illegal gas workers working and not checked or challenged by councils, dangerous sub standard and domestic gas appliances in commercial catering establishments and the extremely dangerous condition of commercial catering installations in establishments and predicted an explosion within six months, it only took five months. Did HSENI as part of the Gas Safety Working Group of which all council are party to receive the warning from the trade as the trade is excluded from the HSENI Gas Safety working group for the benefit of transporter and avoidance of awkward questions?

15. How does Belfast City Council engage with the Gas Engineers working within their borough to insure safety?

16. Why in the Belfast Borough has there been a total lack of appropriate Gas and Co safety message in the magazine since 2010? Have they been told to do no Public Safety Awareness by HSENI and Gas Safe as not to expose HSENI and Gas Safe failures and miss conduct in public office?

17. What training have Environmental Health Officers had in Gas Safety Awareness for all installations? What training have building control offices had in Gas Safety Awareness to inspect boiler, fire, cookers, tumble dryers(these have flues)? Are building control issued with ladders and torch to access roof spaces to inspect vertical flues?

18. Why does Belfast City Council charge 2000% more for a building control notice that is cost a member of the public in GB?

I look forward to a swift, transparent answer in the maximum of 20 days, thanking you in advance.
Yours faithfully,

Robert King

Mark McGovern, Belfast City Council

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Dear Mr King

 

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. please see attached response.

Regards

 

Mark McGovern

Senior EHO

Health and Safety Unit

Belfast City Council

Tel. 02890 320202 x3297

Mob.07713 684708

 

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Dear Mark McGovern,

I am disappointed that the council has not responded in a timely manner.

I hope this is not another stalling tactic as previously seen where the council stalls for time and then refuses.

Given the failure of HSENI to pass on the warning from the trade March18 of the extremely poor condition of commercial catering installation and predicted the explosion of a commerical establishment it is essential to see the Council is getting a grip of there failure to police safety in Gas. With the up coming months with out door events and concerts and mobile catering it would be prudent to have fixed catering sorted before the mobiles start operating.

Given that the current CEO was head of environmental health in there previous position I am sure it’s uncomfortable to see such a serious failure by the council.

Please do not disappoint.

Yours sincerely,

Robert King

Mark McGovern, Belfast City Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr King

 

Further to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. please see attached response.

Regards

 

 

Mark McGovern

Senior EHO

Health and Safety Unit

Belfast City Council

Tel. 02890 320202 x3297

Mob.07713 684708

 

Any personal details that you provide the Council will be handled in
accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

 

As such we will only use your data for the purposes that you have given
this information for and will only be shared where necessary to provide
the service that you are contacting us about.

 

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