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HSE seeks views on domestic gas safety

HSE InfoLine : 15 February, 2006  (Company News)
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Minister with responsibility for health and safety, is launching the review by opening a stakeholder forum on 20 February at HSE's London offices. He said today: 'Every year between 20-30 people are tragically killed through carbon monoxide poisoning. I want to ensure that we have an effective regime to improve gas safety.'
The Health and Safety Executive is undertaking a major review of the domestic gas safety regime. Whilst the number of reported deaths associated with gas has reduced over recent years, tragic incidents still occur.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Minister with responsibility for health and safety, is launching the review by opening a stakeholder forum on 20 February at HSE's London offices. He said today: 'Every year between 20-30 people are tragically killed through carbon monoxide poisoning. I want to ensure that we have an effective regime to improve gas safety.'

The forum will be an initial opportunity for those interested in gas safety to help shape the review and HSE is inviting contributions.to determine whether current arrangements still provide the best means for securing safety. As a first step in engaging with stakeholders, HSE will hold a forum this month for parties interested in contributing to the review. The event will be opened by health and safety minister, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.

HSE wants to ensure the gas safety regime is based on the most sensible approach to managing the risks and commands credibility amongst those involved and affected. The review is also aimed at reducing bureaucracy, simplifying the law, strengthening business participation and ensuring the best use of resources.

The forum will be held between 09.30am - 4.30pm on Monday 20 February at HSE, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS.

The HSE review will involve extensive consultation so there will be other opportunities to contribute views. There will be a second stakeholder forum in September and a report on the review's findings is expected in late autumn 2006.
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