Health and Safety Executive names preferred bidder to run new gas installer sche
Date: Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 09:42:08 BST
Topic: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) News

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today announced CAPITA as its preferred bidder in the competition to provide a new gas installer registration scheme in Great Britain. This scheme will replace the one currently operated by CORGI.

The new scheme, which will start in April 2009, is set to bring improved domestic gas safety and benefits to both consumers and gas installers.

Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive, HSE said, "I would like to thank CORGI for their contribution over the years to the installer registration scheme; and I look forward to CAPITA bringing a fresh approach to gas safety and improved value for money to the new scheme."

The new scheme will strengthen and improve the governance and performance management arrangements between HSE and the new scheme provider. CAPITA will have incentives to continuously improve gas safety and services to gas consumers and installers. But there will also be financial implications should they not meet the agreed performance indicators.

While the number of gas related fatalities has fallen over recent years, tragic incidents still occur. The new scheme is designed to give the provider a key role in coordinating industry action to raise public awareness of gas safety risks and especially carbon monoxide poisoning and so reduce further deaths and incidents.

CAPITA will be required to establish and promote a new independent brand which will be an excellent opportunity to promote gas safety messages.

HSE is responsible for regulating domestic gas safety in GB and does this largely through the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Over the next few months the preferred bidder, CAPITA will be involved in detailed discussions with HSE to firm up the contractual arrangements due to be signed this autumn.

This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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