What is a gas compliance certificate?
If you have any gas appliances in your home or workplace, you have likely heard of a gas compliance certificate but, if you haven't this article is for you (and you should definitely read on). Gas compliance certificates are very important, especially when it comes to safety, so if you have any questions make sure you speak to your local gas fitter for more information.
Gas compliance certificate
A gas compliance certificate is a document completed by a licensed gas fitter after they have completed the installation of all or part of a gas installation (both gas and LPG).
Gas compliance certificate vs gas system compliance plates
A gas compliance certificate is a document completed by a licensed gas fitter when installing all or part of a gas installation, and given to both the owner of the installation as well as their gas supplier.
On the other hand, section 96 of the Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018 makes it compulsory for a gas system compliance plate to be placed on an installation of a gas system (or part of a gas system) including or expected to include a gas device (type A) or gas device (type B) supplied with fuel by a fuel gas network (including both natural gas and LPG). For more information regarding gas system compliance plates, head to the DNRM website.
What about gas inspection certificates?
Just to confuse things a little further, there are gas inspection certificates. These however are in relation to vehicles, not homes or businesses, so we won't be discussing them here.
What legislation applies to gas compliance certificates?
If you have any gas appliances in your home or workplace, it is super important to ensure they are all compliant with Queensland legislation. The Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety Act) 2004 is the Act that overlooks all gas appliances across the state, requiring a person who installs all or part of a gas system to give the owner and the supplier a gas system compliance certificate and, if prescribed, attach a gas system compliance plate.
Is a gas compliance certificate compulsory?
Yes, it is! Any person who completes part or all of a gas installation must provide a gas compliance certificate. Remember, always ensure your gas fitter is appropriately registered, otherwise you may not be covered if something goes wrong with your gas installation in the future.
Who can issue a gas compliance certificate?
Only licensed gas fitters who hold a Gas Work Licence or Authorisation may issue gas compliance certificates.
How often should gas appliances get inspected?
Although it isn’t a compulsory legislative requirement, it is strongly suggested that you have all gas ainstallations tested every 3-5 years for the safety of you and your family. Your local gas fitter will be able to explain the process and advise of any issues that may need addressing, and it can avoid costly fixes that could have been found if everything had been regularly tested.
Why get a gas compliance certificate?
There are a couple of reasons why compliance certificates exist, but the two major reasons are :
- Safety : Having a gas compliance certificate indicates all your gas installations are running safely and properly.
- Future issues : If one of your gas installations has a problem in the future and it is due to faulty workmanship, the gas fitter who completed the certificate is required to fix the issue for you.
Your gas fitting experts in Brisbane
If you have any questions regarding gas compliance certificates or gas system compliance plates, give Brisbane Plumbing & Drainage a call on 1300 740 206 and we can discuss all your gas fitting needs.
Queensland Government (Gas certificates, plates and notices): https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/resources/safety-health/petroleum-gas/gas-work-devices/certificates-plates-notices
Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety Act) 2004 (Qld): https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/inforce/current/act-2004-025
DNRM (Gas Compliance Plates): https://www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/239091/requirements-compliance-plates.pdf
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