HSE publishes guidance for Gas safety during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE has published guidance for landlords, gas engineers and clinically vulnerable (shielded) tenants.

HSE has published information on gas safety with an overview of the guidance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for:

  • Landlords
  • Registered gas engineers
  • Clinically vulnerable (shielded) tenants


Landlords have a legal duty to repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances, do annual gas safety checks and keep a record of each safety check. But may have difficulty doing these checks during the outbreak, for example because of tenants who are self-isolating.
During the outbreak, landlords should assess the balance of the risk to the safety of the household and the public presented by the gas system with the risk to tenants’ health from coronavirus.
What landlords need to do during the coronavirus outbreak

Registered gas engineers

Work that cannot be done from home during the outbreak can continue – this includes work in other people’s home, such as plumbing, electrical and gas work.
How to return to work safely in a customer’s home

Shielded tenants

If you are a shielded person, you should minimise all interaction with others.
You should inform your landlord, who must assess the balance of the risk presented by the gas system with the risk to your health. This assessment may show that the gas safety check should still go ahead to ensure your safety.
Guidance for shielded tenants
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