Guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding gas equipment maintenance could increase demand for gas courses.

The organisation released a statement this week highlighting how landlords must look after the pipework in their properties as well as keep records of their gas safety actions.

For qualified engineers, this suggests there could be more demand for their services and could lead to more interest in gas courses.

"You must ensure that pipework is maintained in a safe condition. This will normally involve a programme of regular inspections and any necessary repairs," explained the HSE.

The executive noted that the pipework running from the meter to an appliance is their responsibility, while the pipes that lead to outside the property will be looked after by the pipeline operator.

It is recommended by the HSE that property investors organise an annual gas safety check with a Gas Safe registered engineer, so that the professional can inspect the overall soundness of the system and examine the pipes.

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