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All hoteliers have a duty of care to their guests and employees (if there are any). The law protects anyone who stays/enters the hotel with regulations – here are a few things you must know if you’re a hotelier.

  • All gas appliances must meet with the Gas Safety Regulations Act 1998. This means that it is vital you ensure all your appliances, such as boilers and catering equipment, are regularly maintained by Gas Safe engineers. Failing to do so could result in unnecessary gas leaks and safety disasters, putting yourselves, your guests and your employees at considerable risk. If you’re unsure as to whether or not your engineer is on the Gas ┬áSafe register, there are various ways you can find out. The easiest way is to check is to enter either the business or engineers name into the official Gas Safety Checker, calling the freephone helpline on 0800 408 5500 or by texting ‘Gas’ to 85080.
  • All gas appliances being used for catering purposes within your establishment must be CE marked. Again, you’ll need a Gas Safe engineer to do this for you.
  • If your hotel serves food you must ensure you are protecting your guests from food poisoning. One way of doing so is temperature control, including refrigeration. Having the correct refrigeration appliances in full working order vastly reduces the risk of contamination during the food preparation process, thus reducing the risk of food poisoning. Should an environmental health officer deem your establishment to have poor hygiene standards they have the power to close your premises to the public in order to protect the welfare of your guests.
  • Flues & pipework must also be checked annually by a Gas Safe engineer.

For a full run down of the gas laws you need to adhere to, check out the Gas Safety Regulations Act 1998, or give us a call on 01772 634070. We’re more than happy to help you meet the regulations put in place for public protection & as Gas Safe registered engineers we’re deemed competent to do so by the government.

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