Hidden dangers of chimney or flue systems concealed within voids

  • Have you risk assessed for flues in voids in your organisation?
  • Are your tenants at risk of having their boilers turned off if flues can’t be inspected?
  • What would this mean to your organisation?

Technical Bulleting 008 (TB008) ED2 – Room-sealed fanned-draught chimney/flue systems concealed within voids, dictates how flues in voids must be categorised and treated.

Key points:

  • Gas engineers need to be able to see the chimney/flue, which removes the products of combustion away from the boiler, as part of an essential safety check in accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation &Use) Regulations.
  • A chimney/flue system must be inspected on every occasion where gas work is undertaken on a boiler, for example, during a service, maintenance or breakdown call-out.
  • In Flats, where all or part of the chimney or flue cannot be seen, arrangements need to be made for inspection hatches to be fitted before 31 December 2012.

As of the 1 January 2013, where a chimney/flue cannot be inspected, a registered gas engineer will be required to:

  • turn off the gas supply to the boiler
  • categorise as “At Risk”
  • formally advise the occupier not to use the appliance until the flue can be inspected in accordance with TB008.

If you have any questions regarding this important information
please contact CORGI on 01256 548040 or email enquiries@corgitechnical.com