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2014 Industry News

Industry updates from 2014

Plumb Center and Honeywell

We are urging every installer to back our campaign which aims to save lives by changing the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

We want to change the law so that an audible CO alarm would be required in England and Wales whenever a carbon-burning appliance is installed. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that, tragically, around 40 people a year die from accidental CO poisoning in England and Wales, and a further 4,000 are admitted to hospital with symptoms that could lead to brain damage and strokes.

Gordon Samuel, who helped set up the Katie Haines Memorial Trust after his 31-year-old daughter was a victim of CO poisoning, is also backing the campaign.

“We won’t rest until everyone in the UK understands the dangers of CO. It’s vital people have an audible alarm, officially approved to EN50291:2010 (The European Standard for Domestic Carbon Monoxide Alarms) and have any carbon-burning appliances checked regularly. We’re right behind this campaign,” said Gordon.


Gas Safe Register's Stakeholder Open House Day

On 18th and 19th June we held two highly successful open days at our office in Basingstoke. We believe it is important to meet and communicate with our stakeholders as regularly as possible, to gain feedback and demonstrate how we run the Register. Here's how the day went:

Scott Darroch, our Head of Communications, welcomed our guests with the agendas and feedback forms before our Managing Director Russell Kramer popped in to say hello.

Mark Rolfe, Customer Services Director, got the event underway with a presentation (available on request) about the role the various functions within the office play in running the register.

Head of Field Operations Barrie Edgar then gave a presentation on the role of the staff operating out in the field.

Unsurprisingly these two items generated some discussion and prompted a few questions over the two days.

Scott then spoke to the group about the audience research and segmentation that was used to support our Behaviour Change project. He emphasised that this data, and any of our other material, is available for our stakeholders to use in whatever way they see fit.

The Stakeholder Relations Managers, Peter Martin, Sarah Hill, and Paul Dyke took the group on a tour of the building, showing the various different departments and demonstrating the Gas Map.

To finish, our visitors reconvened and Russell came in for a Q&A session.

If you would like any of the presentations or materials discussed on the day, please email stakeholders@gassaferegister.co.uk.


SGN supports carbon monoxide (CO) awareness week

SGN is the outward-facing name for Scotland Gas Networks and Southern Gas Networks.

SGN operates over 74,000km of gas mains and services in Scotland and the south of England. We have a responsibility to deliver gas safely, reliably and efficiently to 5.8 million customers.

Our support includes:-

Monday: CO Awareness Week
Tuesday: Update on CO Action Group
Wednesday: Raising CO Awareness with students
Thursday: Supporting Seniors (RVS Winter Wellness Campaign) and vulnerable groups (supplying CO alarms to Blue Lamp Trust)
Friday: Past achievements and future plans.

In addition, there will be a Blog from Director of Industry Liaison Chris Bielby.


The British Standards Institution (BSI)

BSI is committed to helping manufacturers of Gas Appliances meet and demonstrate compliance with the relevant standards legislation and international market specifications. Our test laboratories are equipped and accredited to perform safety, performance and energy consumption tests and measurements on a wide range of gas and electrical products for domestic, commercial and industrial use.

We work with many leading manufacturers globally to bring products to market to support CE marking to the Gas Appliance Directive and the Boiler Efficiency Directive. BSI Kitemark Certification is also available from us. For more than 110 years BSI Kitemark has provided confidence to manufacturers and consumers alike. Products that have earned a BSI Kitemark aren’t tested just once: we check them time and time again on a regular basis to help ensure consistency, safety and quality. We are also the only current UKAS accredited independent inspection body for the conduct of Shared Flue Inspections to assist Landlords and others responsible for shared flues to meet their safety obligations under the legal obligations of The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations. We are Gas Safe registered for this service (registration number 549772).