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1 April 2009
West too trusting when it
comes to gas safety
FROM 1 April 2009, Gas Safe RegisterTM replaces the CORGI gas
registration scheme in Great Britain and launches a campaign to make
the nation gas safe. New research from Gas Safe Register reveals
that when it comes to gas safety, the North West is far too
Alarmingly, over half of households in the North West said they took
it on trust that their gas engineer was properly registered and
never checked that they were. A trust which if broken can make the
difference between life and death.
With 14 people dying from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning last year
due to badly installed, repaired and maintained gas appliances,
keeping the public safe is Gas Safe Register’s top priority. The
‘make Britain gas safe’ message is simple. Be safe, use a registered
engineer and always check the card.
Pete Eldridge, chief executive of Gas Safe Register said:- “As
the new hallmark for gas safety in Great Britain, Gas Safe Register
will make it much easier for the public to be gas safe because in
the wrong hands, gas can kill. Our message is simple. To keep you
and your family safe, always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when
you have any gas work done in your home. We will raise public
awareness of the importance of always asking for the ID card and
checking the unique licence number. Different types of gas work
requires different skills, so it’s important that you check the back
of the ID card to make sure your engineer is qualified to carry out
the work you want them to do.”
Gas Safe Register will offer the public an improved service making
it easier to find and check an engineer.
To find a Gas Safe registered business and to check each individual
engineer to see what work they are qualified to do visit:-
gassaferegister.co.uk or you
can also call the dedicated helpline on:- 0800 408 5500.
Every Gas Safe registered engineer has a photo ID card with a unique
licence number, and details of the work they are qualified to do. To
check this information simply enter the engineer’s licence number on
the website or call the helpline.
The new register will aim to reduce the number of gas-related deaths
and injuries every year caused by incorrectly installed, badly
repaired and poorly maintained gas appliances by raising awareness
that appliances should be inspected regularly by a qualified
engineer. Shockingly almost a fifth of households in the North West
with a gas boiler had not had it serviced for at least three years.
Gas Safe Register recommends that all gas appliances are safety
checked and serviced at least once a year.
From 1 April, all work on gas installations or appliances must only
be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Register’s top tips to keep you and your family gas safe:-
1. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer for any gas work in
your home – and check their ID card.
2. Make sure your gas appliances are safety checked and serviced in
accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines, or at least once a
3. If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord must arrange
for a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out a safety check every
year on all gas appliances. You should be given a copy of the safety
certificate before you move in or within 28 days of the safety
check. If you don’t have this certificate, ask your landlord.
4. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm, which will alert you if
dangerous levels are present in your home.
5. If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, so turn off
the gas at the meter, extinguish naked flames, open windows and
leave the area. Seek medical advice if you feel unwell. Call the Gas
Emergency Freephone number 0800 111 999.
Usdaw celebrates ten
years of minimum wage
SHOPWORKERS' union, Usdaw, is celebrating the tenth
anniversary of the implementation of the national minimum wage
benefitting over a million low paid workers.
The minimum wage which was brought in on 1 April 1999 was originally
set at £3.60 per hour. Following continued campaigning by Usdaw it
has been increased to today's figure of £5.73 and covers many
workers in retail.
Some of the most vulnerable workers such as women workers, younger
and older workers have been protected by the introduction of a
In 2004, an Usdaw campaign was successful in extending the national
minimum wage to young workers aged 16 to 17.
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary and member of the Low Pay
Commission, commented:- "It was an historic occasion when, ten
years ago, the Labour Government established a national minimum
wage. Usdaw is proud to have been at the forefront of campaigning
for such an important piece of legislation for working people.
Over the last ten years, over a million people across the UK have
benefited from the security and extra income afforded by a minimum
wage, including many workers in retail."
Tracy Scott is an Usdaw member on the minimum wage:- "I think
the national minimum wage is a good thing because otherwise it would
be an employers' market, rather than a labourers' market. Workers
would try and undercut others by offering to work for 50p less per
hour and wages would be lowered. Having the national minimum wage
gives security to people's jobs."
"Liverpool will standstill on 15 April 2009!"
THE transport network in Liverpool will come to a standstill
at exactly 3.06pm GMT on 15 April 2009 to remember those who lost
their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.
Merseytravel has written to all bus and rail operators to support a
two-minute silence to honour the victims and their families.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- “We have been blown away by the support of our
transport partners. This is our chance to pay tribute to those who
lost their lives at Hillsborough and for the families that survive
The Mersey Ferries river cruise vessel will moor at the Pier Head,
delaying sailing to observe the two minutes silence.
Vehicles travelling through the Mersey Tunnels in both directions
will be stopped at the booths for two minutes.
Merseytravel’s Traveline team will suspend calls for two minutes.
The organisation’s seven travel centres across Merseyside, Hatton
Garden headquarters and other offices around the region will also
observe the two-minute honour.
Merseyrail will make announcements on the tribute at all of its
Tannoy announcements will be made to all passengers at
Merseytravel’s bus stations and bus drivers will be asked to switch
off their engines.
Bus operators working across Merseyside have agreed to do likewise
across the streets of the city where it is safe to do so – among
them are Arriva, Stagecoach, First, ACE Travel, Napier Point Coach
and Bus Hire and Huyton Travel.
Neil added:- “We hope people travelling by whatever mode of
transport appreciate this gesture; it is two minutes in a lifetime
and a silent tribute to show that all of the victims of the tragedy
are not forgotten 20 years on.”
Greater Manchester’s equivalent GMPTE is also arranging for buses at
depots in Wigan to observe the silent tribute.
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