A new study has suggested that around half a million small businesses across Britain could be putting staff and customers at risk by neglecting their gas safety obligations.
According to a report from British Gas, some 20 per cent of small firms are unaware that they are legally obliged to carry out gas safety checks at least once a year, as stipulated by the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The poll suggested widespread confusion. It found that 16 per cent of those questioned thought safety checks had to be carried out once every two years, while eight per cent thought they were required every three to five years and seven per cent said less often than once every five years.
“For businesses, their main priority in the current climate is to ensure the smooth running of their organisation,” said British Gas engineer Liz Robinson. “Regular safety checks on all gas appliances are required by law, but having a working boiler is imperative from a safety perspective too.”
Last week, a landlord from Cambridge was handed a suspended prison sentence after admitting to having failed to ensure the safety of gas appliances at a property he rented out.