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Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure

The Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) has entered a new era as IGEM took ownership of the procedure in February 2017.

This transfer of ownership offers sustainability and longevity for the GIUSP. It also confirms IGEM's standing within the downstream industry.

To understand the drivers behind this change it is necessary to follow the GIUSP's history.

The GIUSP provides guidance to Gas Safe registered businesses and engineers for dealing with unsafe situations in domestic and non-domestic premises supplied with natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.

The first edition of the procedure was produced in 1998 by the registrar at the time, CORGI. At around the time of the transfer of the register from CORGI to Gas Safe Register, ownership of the GIUSP transferred to the working group members.

The working group is made up of volunteer experienced representatives from a broad range of gas industry sectors. It is supported by Gas Safe Register which works closely with the group, sharing their technical knowledge and ensuring the GIUSP remains free to download via their website.

With the updating of HSE's guidance document (HSE publication L56) to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, reference to GIUSP and its availability via Gas Safe Register's website increased. This has led many to believe the GIUSP is owned by Gas Safe Register, whereas in reality it is owned by the working group members and as such had no legal entity.

Given its widespread use within the industry, the GIUSP working group was keen to ensure its sustainability and longevity. To achieve this, an owner and legal entity were sought. The HSE and Gas Safe Register fully support the document, the principles behind it and the working group itself.

Early 2016, the status of the working group was raised again with HSE and Gas Safe Register. The HSE confirmed the gas industry is a mature industry with a high level of commitment from major stakeholders and therefore encouraged industry to set its own sensible standards.

It is for that reason that they wish ownership of the procedure to remain outside the HSE and those who provide the registration scheme on their behalf.

Subsequently, there were discussions between HSE, Gas Safe Register, the GIUSP working group and IGEM from which it was agreed that as of February 2017 the working group would fall within the governance of IGEM under the auspices of the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC).

To incorporate the GIUSP working group under the governance of IGEM, amendments have been made to the TCC governance manual, which is available to view on IGEM's website.

IGEM will publish the GIUSP in future, but a memorandum of understanding between IGEM and Gas Safe Register has been agreed so that new editions of the GIUSP will be hosted by Gas Safe Register in a similar manner to that currently in place.

The purpose of the GIUSP is to assist and support registered gas businesses, to correctly identify, classify and deal with a wide variety of gas-related unsafe situations that they are likely to encounter during the course of their work.

The information developed and provided by the GIUSP working group is relevant to all existing gas installations and appliances for both 'lighter' and 'heavier' than air gases, installed in both domestic and non-domestic properties in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Guernsey.

The group's advice is based on assessed risk with the intent to provide sound engineering guidance on how competent gas operatives should deal with various situations which currently affect safety (or may affect it in the future).

The GIUSP should deal only with situations that arise out of duties under the primary legislation concerning the safe installation, maintenance and use of gas systems and appliances, (e.g., in Great Britain - the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (GS(I&U)R)) and also other gas safety situations which may be encountered and affect gas users.

Similar gas safety legislative requirements apply in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Guernsey.

The latest version of the GIUSP is now published by IGEM and can be found here. Or it is available to purchase as part of the Gas Safety Book here.





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