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Gas Proving Systems – A Workplace Requirement

By John Graham

All active gas supplies must feature a range of safety systems to prevent hazardous build up, poisoning and fire. Gas Proving Systems (GPS) are a necessary safety feature of any shop, kitchen or business premises where gas appliances are installed and used and forms part of a wider safety infrastructure, which includes gas detection and fire suppression systems.

GIS is a legally required safety framework to prevent poisoning, fire and explosions caused by gas leaks. GPS also required in older appliances which do not have Flame Supervision fitted. This is a legal requirement and failure to meet CORGI standards not only jeopardises the health and safety of staff but poses incredible risks to business premises and neighbouring properties. It also carries the risk of a 5000 fine or court summons.

The use and scope of Gas detection, Interlocking and Proving is laid out in the CORGI TB130 and BS6173 compliant documents. This states that any commercial kitchen should be inspected by a registered engineer. This includes equipment, flues, extractors and ventilators and pipe work. Inspection should be carried out at least annually; more frequently in ‘heavy use’ kitchens and environments.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA), section 3(1), also specifies the obligations on employers and business premises owners in relation to gas supply. In addition to their responsibilities as employers, it states that they must ensure “so far as is reasonably practicable” that people not in their employment are also not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

Absence of a Gas Interlocking System, Gas Proving System or any other form of competent Gas Detection, greatly increases the chances of poisoning and fire. These systems monitor and extract hazardous gasses present in the atmosphere and must be attached to all supply, canopy, extraction and ventilation systems. Failure to meet these standards will automatically result in equipment being deemed ‘not to current standards’. This also carries financial penalties and can result in court action.

It is essential that you have gas proving systems for a safe workplace

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Graham, John "Gas Proving Systems – A Workplace Requirement." Gas Proving Systems – A Workplace Requirement. 23 Jul. 2010. 11 Apr 2016 <>.

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