Dealing with gas escapes
Licensed Gas Transporters have a duty under the Gas Safety
(Management) Regulations (GS(M)R) to provide a public help line
(0800 111 999) manned 24 hours a day and 365 days a year along with
the facility to attend reported gas escapes and make them safe.
The Standard reinforces these obligations
and provides assurance to the public that the requirements of
legislation and the safety of persons and property is foremost in
the way gas escapes are reported and managed.
This Standard replaces IGEM's IGE/SR/10
'Dealing with escapes of gas into underground plant' and IGE/SR/20
'Dealing with reported gas escapes'.
IGEM/SR/29 will assist those staff who are involved with the
detection and/or dealing with gas escapes, by detailing the proper
procedures. This includes a check to ensure the operative is
competent to carry out their duties.
The Standard sets out the requirements for dealing safely with
un-ignited gas escapes and primarily, deals with gas escapes from
Natural Gas piped supplies and systems. As such it details what
action to take, from the identification of a gas escape to making
the incident safe along with appropriate notifications to the
relevant parties including the HSE.
The Standard will not always be appropriate for escaped fuel
that remains in a liquid phase, when further or alternative
requirements may need to be applied. The Gas Safety (Management)
Regulations (GS(M)R) lay down statutory requirements also for
dealing with escapes of carbon monoxide, however the Standard does
not deal with the technical issues involved with reported carbon
monoxide "incidents". For such incidents, the principles outlined
in the non-technical sections of IGEM/SR/29 will be appropriate and
further reference should also be made to IGE/GL/8 'Reporting and
investigation of gas related incidents'.