2019 Gas Safety Week has launched today with the HHIC unveiling a new label to be carried by members of its manufacturing group on the packaging for gas heating appliances
The final design of a new gas safe label that is set to be included on boiler packaging in the UK and Ireland has been unveiled on the start of a major new awareness campaign.
On the occasion of the first day of Gas Safety week 2019, which will run until 22 September, a new label has now been approved for use on gas appliances to ensure they are fitted and commissioned by a “competent, registered engineer” (see image below).
Approval of the new label has been granted by the Gas Safe Register, the Health and Safety Executive and the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland.
Industry-based campaigners have in recent years been looking at methods and campaigns to build awareness on the need to ensure gas boilers are being obtained and implemented by qualified engineers.
The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) today said that agreement on the final design of the new label had been reached. The label agreement is the result of a 2018 commitment by its boiler manufacturers group to place safety messaging on their appliance packaging.
HHIC director Stewart Clements said agreement by members to carry the label was intended to ensure unregistered installers were less able to operate in the industry and reduce the possibility of bad practices that can lead to issues such as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mr Clements added, “Awareness of gas safety is absolutely vital. A third of UK adults admit they’ve not checked if engineers they’ve let into their home to work on gas appliances are on the Gas Safe Register.”
He added, “This prominent gas safety message for boiler packaging will now be rolled out by our members and will serve as a reminder to consumers to ensure that all gas appliances must be fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer – something which can easily be checked online.”
Campaigners and some heating specialists have responded to the announcement of the label by welcoming the messaging, while also calling for the label to be of sufficient size on packaging to build awareness of the gas safe message.
Other figures have called for the possibility of even stronger messaging going forward to expand public awareness on the importance of ensuring only qualified individuals purchase and fit boilers.
This is a good start, but hopefully at some point this will change to “must” and not “should” if a boiler is DIY installed it’s unlikely it will be commissioned fully— Vietec Heating (@VietecHeating) September 16, 2019
This year’s Gas Safety Week campaign was officially launched earlier this month in parliament. Organisers said a key focus of the latest campaign would be around overcoming complexities of identifying those most vulnerable to poor gas safety, while also building awareness of potential danger signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.