Gas Soundness Testing 

A Guide to Gas Soundness / Tightness Testing

(In accordance with IGE/UP/1:2003 with 2004 amendments & IGE/UP/1A: 2003)

This guide is designed to give an overview of the legal maintenance requirements of pipework installations, what's involved in gas tightness testing and the services that TBFServices offer.

Your legal obligations

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state:

 

"It shall be the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance or installation pipework installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person."

 

To ensure pipework is maintained in 'a safe condition', the Institution of Gas Engineers recommends that pipework systems be inspected at least once a year. Transco monitor correct gas pressures going into your premises but beyond the meter you have responsibility for the safety of pipework. Gas tightness testing can prevent the potentially disastrous effects of leaks, preventing injury, saving lives and greatly reducing the risk to property from explosion and fire. Gas tightness testing should be considered an essential part of every company's health & safety policy.

 

What Happens during a Gas Tightness test?

Gas tightness testing will:

  • reveal any leaks in the system;
  • find any potential risks from incorrect pressures;
  • spot wear and tear before it becomes a hazard.

 

Contact us for further details.