These two new best practice sections will help social landlords to maintain quality homes in an increasingly challenging economic environment. The Compliance Section has a set of topical guides summarising social landlords’ responsibilities for meeting essential statutory health and safety requirements and explain how to do this economically and efficiently. The Fuel Saving Section explains how to include a fuel saving strategy as a key aspect of an organisation’s business plan. The Guide then sets out how to develop a practical improvement strategy as an integral part of the asset management programme and how to successfully deliver the improvements and manage the risks. There are also best practice training courses which relate to this guide.
Any business which operates an LPG installation has responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act (HSWA) 1974 to ensure that the installation is safe to operate and does not present a risk to their employees and members of the public. HSE legislation and Approved Code of practice and guidance concentrates on assessing and managing the risks associated with small bulk storage of LPG, including pipework and the structural stability of such installations. Landlords have the same responsibilities as for mains gas under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. UKLPG the trade association for LPG provides further advice and sells codes of practice.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations are enforced by HSE. HSE also enforce the small bulk storage arrangements for LPG.
Landlords are only responsible for the gas appliances they provide, typically gas boilers and gas fires and also the small bulk storage arrangements for LPG. Any gas appliance provided by the tenant is not the landlord’s legal responsibility and so is not part of the annual gas safety check. However, such appliances still pose the same safety risks and so landlords should consider whether, in the interests of safety they should provide all gas appliances for a property so that they are included in the gas safety checks.