Under the safety standard, gas pipework should be inspected to make certain it has not been compromised over time by, for example, corrosion, recently-added building extensions, building layout-changes, additional pipework or simple neglect. Fulcrum’s pipeline check will help companies avoid any potential for sudden disruption of their business due to gas pipeline condition issues and provides an opportunity for pre-emptive identification of anything that could lead to a more serious health and safety incident.
Fulcrum has already invited more than 400 customers who had gas connections undertaken by in 2006-7 to take advantage of the free preventative maintenance check – even if their outlet pipework was already in existence or newly-installed by other contractors at the time.
In an ongoing rolling programme, customers who had gas connections installed by Fulcrum in 2008 will receive a similar invitation in 2013 with invites to more recent clients thereafter.
Fulcrum is now extending its free customer scheme to all business and public sector properties with significant gas energy consumption – typically leisure and retail facilities, manufacturers, public sector sites such as hospitals and colleges or any business/infrastructure that has large scale gas outlet pipework.
“This new service underlines our ongoing commitment to gas safety both for our existing customers and for businesses generally where they are large scale commercial users of gas, “said Ian Foster, Fulcrum’s Associate Director of Operations.
“We are seeking to provide businesses and public sector organisations with either the peace of mind that they are operating a safe, well maintained business environment for their customers, visitors and staff or an expert view on the steps necessary to make it so.”
“The consequences of substandard outlet pipework can pose a significant risk to both the safety of people in and around the relevant pipework area and damage overall business continuity and reputation. Through our new free pipework check, we are now providing cost-free access to experienced Gas Safe engineers who will conduct a thorough inspection and produce a report indicating if any remedial action is needed.”
Fulcrum’s move to support gas safety has been applauded by Gas Safe Register.
“We welcome Fulcrum’s support for Gas Safety Week 2012. Organisations from across industry are using the Week as an opportunity to make their customers aware of the importance of gas safety and the steps they can take to keep themselves safe. Gas Safe Register is at the heart of the campaign but it is the support of industry which makes it a success.” said Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register.