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    Further update issued by the HSE:

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for engineers and assessment centres on maintaining ACS qualifications

    We have had reports that some ACS assessment centres have closed due to COVID-19, resulting in engineers being unable to take their ACS reassessment. Engineers are expected to take all reasonable measures to maintain their ACS qualifications, including planning ahead where possible.

    Maintaining gas safety competence is essential for registered gas engineers. If assessment centres have enough staff and customers to keep functioning, they should do so and follow Gov.uk advice on good hygiene and encouraging engineers not to attend if they should be self-isolating.

    If engineers take all reasonable steps to update their expired ACS certification as soon as possible, and continue to work safely, HSE will permit registered gas engineers to remain on the Register for an additional period during the peak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures.

    Engineers may be required to demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to renew their qualifications.

    Engineers MUST maintain their Gas Safe registration during any extension of their ACS qualification period if they are carrying out gas work.

    This is a temporary measure and does not remove the standing requirement for registered gas engineers to maintain their ACS certification and renew certification every 5 years.


    Kim Morris
    Moderator

    An update for you, Gas Safe are discussing this with the HSE and a statement will be made shortly.


    Kim Morris
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    Antony, I have emailed Gas Safe to see if there are any contingency plans or any advice we can give you. I guess the longer it goes on the more problematic it could become. I’ll let you know their response. Kim


    Kim Morris
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    Grahame
    To my knowledge there is no requirement to install a gas management system, just good practice. Foe peace of mind you could consider something along the lines of a gas shut off valve or an excess flow gas valve which would be a lot cheaper to purchase and install. I have provided a link below to view something similar but I don’t endorse any particular product.

    http://panthergasdirect.com/Gas-Shut-off-valve-set-NAT-GAS-or-LPG-Domestic.php

    Regards Kim


    Kim Morris
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    Lloyd, I have no experience with this particular product although I am aware that it is available and could in certain circumstances be very useful to keep the boiler operational should the condense freeze. We need to be mindful that the big freeze of 2010 unearth many issues with location of condense pipes particularly when located externally, hopefully and maybe wishful thinking these potential problems should now have been addressed and therefore reduced the risk of freezing. I also would like to refer you to HHIC and in particular the publication “Installer Guide:Condensate discharge pipe installation” (October 2018 Issue 1) which offers sound and practical guidance when it comes to installing boiler condensate discharge pipes.


    Kim Morris
    Moderator

    Lots of things to consider here before an assessment of the current situation can be made, for instance is this installation pipework or service pipework? You would also need to consider the size of pipework and the cross sectional area of the duct, type of material that has been used, is it continuously welded or screwed? Various regional differences might also apply in some circumstances. My first point of contact would be to get some advice from your local Building Standards office with regards to ventilation and protective shafts.


    Kim Morris
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    Good morning Trevor
    I would always encourage the servicing and maintenance checks to be carried out on an annual basis, however, because of the variety’s of unvented cylinders available and fitted, not forgetting the different type of local water conditions, my advice would be to always follow the manufactures recommendations.
    Regards Kim


    Kim Morris
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    Good morning Trevor
    I would always encourage the servicing and maintenance checks to be carried out on an annual basis, however, because of the variety’s of unvented cylinders available and fitted, not forgetting the different type of local water conditions, my advice would be to always follow the manufactures recommendations.
    Regards Kim

    in reply to: ASHP training #7627

    Kim Morris
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    Nolan, excellent news that the course has been beneficial to your guys and your organisation. If there is anyone else who is interested in this training, I am sure you would pass the details and your experiences onto them.

    Kim

    in reply to: Mobile working #7370

    Kim Morris
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    Nolan

    My thoughts here are, I am assuming the LGSR is completed and cannot be changed once completed on site, the advantage to this is that no everyone accesses or has an email address and some are changed frequently. I would suggest wherever possible print one on site, there is always a back up of the LGSR if you require another copy. For reports in the past we used something like a Canon PIXMA iP110 A4 Colour Inkjet Portable Printer with Battery which is very small and can be easily removed from the van when not required.

    Kim


    Kim Morris
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    Good morning Nolan, in this instance this is something CORGI Technical Services is unable to help you with but I would recommend contacting Daikin who have been very helpful and informative in the past. Their web address is: https://www.daikin.co.uk/en_gb/contact.html

    Hopefully other AGSM members have the information you require.

    Kim


    Kim Morris
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    Good morning Nolan, in this instance this is something CORGI Technical Services is unable to help you with but I would recommend contacting Daikin who have been very helpful and informative in the past. Their web address is: https://www.daikin.co.uk/en_gb/contact.html

    Hopefully other AGSM members have the information you require.

    Kim

    in reply to: Gas Access #7266

    Kim Morris
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    I am aware of organisations within the Social Housing sector who have included the clause into the tenancy agreement regarding access and if access is denied then procedures for entry including force can start. This is after all other avenues have been explored and this really is the last resort. However, if I can refer you to the HSE Document IND285:

    What action is required to gain access to property?
    The contract you draw up with the tenant should allow you access for any maintenance or safety check work to be carried out.
    You have to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to ensure this work is carried out, and this may involve giving written notice to a tenant requesting access, and explaining the reason. Keep a record of any action, in case a tenant refuses access and you have to demonstrate what steps have been taken. If a tenant continues to refuse access after repeated contacts, you may need to consider proper action through the courts under the terms of the tenants’ contract. However, do not use force to gain entry into the property.

    The last sentence is very important. Any arrangements an organisation makes for entry does not included “Force”. However, it is all about gas safety but it would be up to a court to decide whether entry was taken in the tenants and gas safety best interests. I would also get legal advice before deciding on any changes to tenancy agreements which might include entry gained by force.

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