Food businesses cooking safely by gas

Leeds City Council is clamping down on food businesses who don’t comply with gas safety law.

The council’s environmental health team – along with other environmental health teams in West Yorkshire – are seeing an increasing number of problems in takeaways and restaurants with dodgy gas appliances and unsafe gas supplies.

So, Leeds City Council is joining its neighbouring authorities to make sure food businesses across the region understand the importance of gas safety.

In Leeds, officers from the health and safety team will be working closely with food businesses to make sure they comply with current gas legislation. Where businesses fail to get the message officers will be taking enforcement action.

If gas appliances, such as ovens, cookers and boilers, are not properly installed and maintained, businesses put their employees and customers at risk of serious injury or even death from fire, explosion, gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Our role as a council is to support businesses, but we must also ensure they are operating safely. We will always seek to work with businesses to provide advice and support, but where this approach is not effective or breaches of legislation are serious, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action.”

If you run a business that serves food and would like gas safety information or advice, please contact the health and safety team on 0113 247 7791.

If you can smell gas or think you have a gas leak you should call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately on 0800 111 999.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk