Since April 1998, the gas industry has worked together to provide guidance to engineers on how to deal with a wide range of unsafe situations which they may identify during the course of their work on domestic and non-domestic gas installations. This advice has been published through the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP), the latest edition (7th edition) of which came into effect on 1 July 2015.
The most significant change in the 7th edition is the introduction of a clear message to gas users and responsible persons. If an appliance or installation is found by a gas engineer to be either ‘at risk’ or ‘immediately dangerous’ both will carry the same message on the warning label: ‘Danger Do Not Use’. To enable both gas users and engineers to focus on the key safety message, the ‘not to current standards’ (NCS) category has been removed from the procedure because, by definition, these situations are not unsafe. Registered businesses may still record NCS situations but this no longer forms part of the official GIUSP.
Gas Safe Register recognises that registered businesses/engineers will need time to revise their processes, procedures and documentation, and carry out necessary internal update training. Therefore, Gas Safe Register will inspect to the 7th edition from 1 July 2016 so providing a 12-month lead-in period. However, businesses are encouraged to adopt the revised procedure as soon as possible.
Further guidance on the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure is available from the Gas Safe Register, 200 Cedarwood, Crockford Lane, Basingstoke, RG24 8WD Tel – 0800 408 5577.