Workplace Relations

MEDIA RELEASE - The Importance of Gas Safety Post COVID-19

As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) urges business owners to consider the importance of ensuring the safety of their building’s gas systems and appliances before occupancy resumes.

With health and safety at the forefront of everyone’s mind at the moment, it is more important than ever that business owners and building managers ensure that buildings are safe when doors open to staff and the general public, whether it’s restaurants, gyms, offices, or other buildings.

MPAQ, the peak industry body representing the plumbing and gas industry in Queensland, warns that burners, airways and flueways can become partially blocked and adversely affect appliance ignition, combustion and overall gas safety when they haven’t been used or have been disconnected for prolonged periods.

MPAQ also recently released information about the importance of using a licensed professional to flush out water systems before reopening businesses to prevent issues caused by water stagnation, click here to read more.

MPAQ’s President and licensed plumber and gasfitter, Kent Vickers, said that these blockages or issues with appliances could lead to serious injuries and health concerns.

“We recommend that a licensed gasfitting professional ensures that a building’s gas system is thoroughly checked and cleared in accordance with gas standards before occupancy resumes,” Mr Vickers said.

“The dangers of not having these types of appliances and systems tested include poor ignition, production of toxic gasses due to incomplete combustion, spillage of combustion products into the room and the possibility of gas leaks from appliances that have laid dormant for many weeks.“

The Queensland Government has released a series of COVID Safe Checklists for businesses reopening post COVID-19 and one of the number one items to check off before a business can reopen is to check the condition of equipment and that facilities are fully functioning, such as gas, electricity, toilets, and hand-washing facilities.

Mr Vickers advised people to contact their local licensed plumber and/or gasfitter to get the testing completed safely and accurately.

“Getting your gas and water systems checked by a licensed plumber will provide peace of mind, especially if your building has been unoccupied for a long time.”

“MPAQ members have also had access to COVID-19 Awareness training to help them provide a safe service to their customers during this time.”

To find a licensed plumber or gasfitter, visit www.mpaq.com.au/find-a-plumber.

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For further information contact:

Ernie Kretschmer
Technical Services Manager
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
0418 780 351
(07) 3273 0800

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