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Gas Safety For Caterers

If you run a catering business make sure you understand and follow the legal obligations for gas catering equipment in kitchens and catering premises.

Q:    What must I do to comply with the law?

Employers have duties to take reasonable steps to ensure their employees and customers are not put at risk from faulty gas equipment. In particular they must have:

  • a suitable maintenance scheme in place and be using a gas engineer registered with the Gas Safe Register. (This replaced CORGI on 1 April 2009), 
  • ensure that gas appliance manufacturers' instructions are followed and that employees have been suitably informed, instructed and where necessary trained in procedures that must be followed.

Q:    How do I find a registered gas engineer?

Find a Gas Safe registered engineer

All Gas Safe registered engineers have an ID card with their licence number and a photograph, which you can check. Check an engineer is Gas Safe registered.  Or call the Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500.  If you have hearing difficulties you can use their text phone service on 0800 408 0606.

Q:    Do I need to carry out a risk assessment?

All employers need to carry out risk assessments and these must be written down if you have five or more employees.  Have a look at the pdf icon Gas Safety Check List [255kb] document for how to carry out a gas safety risk assessment and to control the risks associated with gas in your workplace.

Q:    What about landlords responsibilities?

 If as part of your business you have tenanted accommodation on the premises, as a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety. By law you must:

  • Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition  
  • Ensure an annual gas safety check is carried out on each appliance and flue
  • Keep a record of each safety check

You should also keep your tenants informed about their responsibilities while they are staying in your property.  See Information for Landlords on the Gas Safe Register website.

For more detailed guidance see thepdf icon Gas Safety In Catering Establishments [103kb] leaflet.

Last modified: 17 January 2017