straight forward health and safty advice
Gas can come from a number of sources; however the risks of explosion,
poisoning, etc. are similar for all of them
The word 'gas' in this section relates to the use of gas within the workplace, as well as in the home.
It is commonly used in the workplace for processing products, heating the work space and for hot
water supplies, as well as cooking.
Natural gas (mostly methane) is distributed to domestic, commercial and
industrial consumers through an onshore network of buried pipes;
whereas LPG is either supplied by a storage tank, or by small cylinders.
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is supplied in red (propane) and blue
(butane), cylinders and can be extremely dangerous if it is not handled
correctly. Butane does not function properly when the air temperature is
at freezing point or below, as it has a boiling point of -2 degrees
LPG is heavier than air and any leakage will accumulate at low levels, for
this reason, fuel gases and other flammable materials must be stored
separately. Cylinders should preferably be stored outside in a locked
cage, with prominent ‘No Smoking’ notices displayed.
When methane, propane, LPG and other gases do not burn properly, or are used in an area
without adequate ventilation, excess carbon monoxide (CO) is produced, which can kill within
hours if inhaled.
You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but CO can kill quickly without warning. For this reason, a
carbon monoxide detector and alarm system must be installed anywhere gas is burned. Symptoms
of carbon monoxide poisoning include tiredness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea and chest and
To ensure their safe operation, gas appliances must be regularly checked and maintained, in line
with the manufacturers' instructions. Gas engineers that are competent to install and maintain gas
systems and appliances are members of the Gas Safe Register, and carry a registration card.
Smell Gas? To report a gas or carbon monoxide emergency call the National Gas
Emergency Service - 24 hours a day - on 0800 111 999.