There have been a couple of substantial updates that could have a major impact on your everyday work.
BS6891 (Specification for the installation and maintanence of low pressure gas installation pipework of up to 35mm (R1¼) on premises) has been amended. Significant changes to the standard are that it now includes LPG pipework and a change to the method used to calculate pipe size. Operatives expected to be working to this new standard with immediate effect, and Gas Safe will be inspecting against it as of 01 June 2016. Further information can be found in ISU059.
TB001 (Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure) was amended to version 7 in July 2015, and has since been amended to version 7.1. Operatives are reminded that there are a few major changes in version 7 to the way that Unsafe Situations are handled. Gas Safe Register will not be inspecting to this new standard until July 2016 to allow time for the changes to filter through company policies. However operatives are expected to work to the standard as soon as possible.
TB055 (Duties of landlords) and TB112(Duties of landlords) have also been amended.
GSR have also published ISU060(The Eco-design of Energy Related Products Directive 2009/125/EC and Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU) intended to help operatives understand their requirements under the eRP. This came into effect on 26th September 2016 and mandated that engineers provide energy labelling when undertaking work on relevant ERP appliances or components.
All of the Technical Bulletins and Industry Standard Updates can be viewed for free on the engineers section of the Gas Safe Register website
. BS6891 is also available to view if you have subscribed to the Standards Subscription.