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Gas safety during the coronavirus pandemic

This page gives an overview of HSE’s guidance for landlords, registered gas engineers and clinically vulnerable (shielded) tenants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Use the links in the sections below to go to our detailed guidance on the Gas Safe Register website.

Landlords

You have a legal duty to repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances, do annual gas safety checks and keep a record of each safety check. But you may have difficulty doing these checks during the pandemic, for example because of tenants who are self-isolating.

During the pandemic, landlords should assess the balance of the risk to the safety of the household and the public presented by the gas system with the risk to tenants’ health from coronavirus.

What landlords need to do during the coronavirus pandemic

Registered gas engineers

Work that cannot be done from home during the pandemic can continue – this includes work in other people’s home, such as plumbing, electrical and gas work.

How to return to work safely in a customer's home

Shielded tenants

If you are a shielded person, you should minimise all interaction with others.

You should inform your landlord, who must assess the balance of the risk presented by the gas system with the risk to your health. This assessment may show that the gas safety check should still go ahead to ensure your safety.

Guidance for shielded tenants

2020-06-30