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The Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995 No 1629) implementing the Council Directive 90/396/EEC as amended (Gas Appliances Directive - GAD)


Subject Area

The Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995/1629 - the Regulations) implement the Directive 93/396/EEC as amended by Council Directive 93/68/EEC to include requirements for CE Marking.
 
Coverage The Regulations apply to domestic and commercial gas appliances used for cooking, heating, hot water production and refrigeration, lighting or washing and having where applicable, a normal water temperature not exceeding 105 degrees Celsius and includes forced draught burners and heating bodies to be equipped with such burners. Most appliances for use in industrial processes on industrial premises are excluded. The Regulations also apply to certain fittings.
 
Intention of
Legislation
To remove technical barriers to trade, to establish a Single Market in safe gas appliances and provide a high level of protection for consumers throughout the EEA.

Products covered by this legislation are required to carry the CE Marking. Use of Notified Bodies is also required.

The Regulations cover products when first placed on the market.

The Regulations can be viewed on the following HMSO website:

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1995/Uksi_19951629_en_1.htm
 

Enforcement

The Regulations are enforced by the local authority trading standards departments in respect of gas appliances intended for use by the consumer, and by the Health and Safety Executive in respect of appliances intended for the workplace.

  • Trading Standards - Home Page

http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/

  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - Gas Health & Safety

http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/index.htm

  • HSE - Local Offices

http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/maps/index.htm

Local Authority Trading Standards Departments are required to notify DTI of enforcement actions.
 

Notified Bodies Notified Bodies are independent organisations that have been designated by the Member States as being competent with skills and qualifications to undertake type testing, approval of quality systems, production monitoring and surveillance to verify conformity to the Essential Requirements of the Gas Appliances Directive.

The Regulations allow manufacturers to choose different Notified Bodies to undertake the different aspects of product type-examination and production monitoring.
 

Current Position
 
The Directive came fully into force on 1 January 1996.
 
Guidance A comprehensive DTI Guidance booklet and an up-to-date list of UK Notified Bodies is available from the following links:

http://www.dti.gov.uk/strd/psgas04.pdf PDF(143 kB) - Guidance Booklet

http://www.dti.gov.uk/strd/gasnbs.pdf  PDF(13 kB) - Notified Bodies

The European Commission has its own website dedicated to matters relating to this Directive. Information on this site includes:

  • Text of Directive 90/396/EEC (GAD)

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/consleg/pdf/1990/en_1990L0396_do_001.pdf PDF(284 kB)

  • Harmonised Standards

http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/newapproach/standardization/harmstds/reflist/appligas.html

  • Complete list of European Notified Bodies for GAD

http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/newapproach/legislation/nb/en90-396-eec.pdf PDF(30 kB)

  • Commission Guidance for the application of the Directive

http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/gas_appliances/guidelines_gas/gas_guidelines.htm
 

NOTE (i): SECOND-HAND GAS APPLIANCES
 
  These Regulations do not apply to second-hand gas appliances or fittings, which have been previously supplied or put into service by a person in the EEA.

Second-hand appliances are covered by other legislation; the type of appliance determines the specific legislation.
 

NOTE (ii): THE GAS (SAFETY) INSTALLATIONS AND USE REGULATIONS 1998
 
  Within the UK there are strict controls on installations and maintenance of gas appliances, HSE have responsibility for this legislation. This legislation can be viewed from the following HMSO website:

http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1998/19982451.htm

The Health and Safety Executive advises that all gas appliances and/or flues should be regularly maintained and a safety check carried out annually or at any other time if there is a safety doubt. This work must be carried out by a CORGI registered installer.

Further information on gas safety installation and maintenance issues can be viewed from the following HSE website:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/index.htm
 

CORGI (iii): For information on finding CORGI registered installers and questions relating to gas safety issues click on the link below:

http://www.corgi-gas-safety.com/section_use_gas/services_for_you.asp
 

For further information, contact STRD 6, Bay 342/343, 151 Buckingham Palace Road,
London SW1W 9SS Tel: 020 7215 1345, fax: 020 7215 1340
e-mail: dti.strd6@gtnet.gov.uk

 


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