United Welding Supplies offer customers a very quick and easy way to avoid the pitfalls associated with gas safety, and comply with the BCGA Codes of Practice by providing you with a full on-site gas safety equipment check performed by our trained oxy-fuels gas equipment inspectors.
During the inspection, the inspector will perform a thorough functionality and leak test of all components - regulators, flash back arrestors, hoses, torches and associated fittings. In addition, a report of their findings will be issued and the inspector will update you on current Health and Safety and BCGA Codes of Practice. Gas equipment can be a hazard at work if it is not maintained properly. Using unsafe equipment or failing to test equipment fully could result in accidents and serious injury in the workplace.
Under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, an employer or Self-employed person has a responsibility to provide and maintain plant and systems of work that are, so far as reasonably practical, safe and without risk to health.
Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 2306: The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 requires that the user of an installed system and the owner of a mobile system shall ensure that the system is properly maintained in good repair, so as to prevent danger.
Statutory Instrument 2000 No 128: The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 200 requires gas equipment to be examined regularly. Consequently, gas welding and cutting equipment must be checked regularly.
The BCGA's Code of Practice 7 (CP7 - the safe use of oxy-fuel gas equipment) and Guidance Notes 7 (GN7 - the safe use of individual portable or mobile cylinder gas supply equipment) recommends that regulators and flashback arrestors be checked annually and replaced every five years.
The annual check need to be undertaken by a person who has sufficient practical experience of oxy-fuel gas equipment and theoretical knowledge of the functioning of the equipment, the properties of gases used, the potential defects and hazards that may occur and their importance to integrity and safety of the equipment