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APPGSG support announced

The Gas Safety Trust has announced its support for the All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group, pledging to work towards the recommendations of its recent report.

The GST has committed to working towards four recommendations in particular, but states it will support all 17 included in the APPGSG document.

The trust is currently lobbying MPs and the camping industry to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning among campsite users.

Chris Bielby, Gas Safety Trust Board Chair, said: “The launch of the research findings by the Gas Safety Trust represents a positive start to a coordinated approach, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“It has helped APPGSG parliamentary activity to appeal for the support of Government and the Health and Safety Executive to highlight the dangers and do more to prevent deaths, and seek funding for future projects.”

GST further states that it will be engaging with ministers, the Medical Research Council and other research funding bodies to support further CO research, with aims to assess the outcome of acute and low-level exposure.

The trust figures for CO incidents in 2010/11 showed eight fatalities, five of which were associated with central heating appliances, two with cookers and one with a space heater.

The most frequent cause was flue/terminal faults (24 per cent), followed by lack of servicing (19 per cent) and appliance fault (17 per cent).