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    Getting Ready for Gas Safety Week

    The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is supporting Gas Safe Register's upcoming Gas Safety Week which will run from 17th-23rd September on the theme of Family Matters. Gas Safety Week is an annual reminder for the public to protect themselves and their loved ones against the risks related to unsafe gas work. This year’s Gas Safety Week will focus on raising awareness of the importance of protecting your family by having  gas appliances checked annually by a legally Gas Safe Registered Engineer, and making sure landlords are aware of and meet their gas safety obligations. 

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    Government responds to APPCOG CO alarm recommendations

    The Government has published their response to the Review of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 consultation, taking into consideration the findings and recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group’s November 2017 report: 'Carbon Monoxide Alarms: tenants safe and secure in their homes.'

    With 170 consultation responses, the Government's response explicitly addresses the issues of extending regulations to cover different housing tenures (rather than just the private sector) and to cover all types of fuel-burning appliances. 

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    National and Regional CO Safety Competition Winner with Trophy
    CO safety national and regional winner celebrates his win

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    Creative School Children Celebrated at GDN's CO Competition Prize Giving in Parliament

    On the 28th June 2018, 9 schoolchildren, their families and teachers, gas industry representatives and MPs gathered together in Parliament for the Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety Competition prize giving. This event celebrated the winners, aged between 5 and 11, for their innovative and creative work in raising awareness of the risks of CO. Run by the Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs), the annual CO Safety Competition highlights the importance of getting CO safety messaging into our schools. 

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    Barry Sheerman MP poses with the #campCOsafe sign at the CO Safety at Festivals Reception
    Barry Sheerman with #campCOsafe sign CO Safety at Festivals Reception

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    APPCOG Launches Carbon Monoxide Safety At Festivals Campaign in Parliament

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carbon Monoxide (APPCOG) this week launched its campaign to stop festival goers accidentally poisoning themselves by bringing their barbeques into their tent this summer.

    In a Parliamentary setting complete with a tent and disposable barbeque, MPs, festival organisers, healthcare professionals and colleagues from across the carbon monoxide community came together to discuss and raise awareness of this important issue.

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  • Have your say on training standards

    Have your say on training standards
    Have your say on training standards

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    Gas Engineer Training Standards Inquiry (GETSI)

    Last call for evidence: As the GETSI inquiry is nearing its conclusion, this is your last chance to have your say on improiving training standards in the gas industry!

    We are particularly keen to hear your views if you are a sole trader, a woman working as an installer and/ or have undergone a manged learning programme. 

    Evidence can be suplied in numerous ways, via a phone call (020 72028582), written evidence via email (benjamin.klos@policyconnect.org.uk) or directly to our twitter account (@APPCOG_UK).

    Please get in touch till the 30th of May to ensure we can incoprorate your views in the inquiry.

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    Government announces review of carbon monoxide alarm in the home regulations

    Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP has announced a review of regulations governing when carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in homes. This welcome announcement follows ongoing conversations between All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carbon Monoxide (APPCOG) member, Eddie Hughes MP, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and growing support for APPCOG's recommended changes to current regulations.

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    Select Committee backs APPCOG’s call for better tenant protection from carbon monoxide

    The House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have given their support for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carbon Monoxide's recommendations for stricter regulation on landlords providing carbon monoxide alarm in the private rented sector. You can read more about the Committee's report and recommendations here

     

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    All aboard for CO safety!

     

    In time for the beginning of boating season, the Boat Safety Scheme warns boaters of the dangers of CO poisoning. APPCOG is proud to support this initiative and APPCOG members have raised the increased number of CO related boating incidents as an emerging and unwelcome trend we are keen to reverse.  Boat users are at particular risk of CO poisoning, due to the use of petrol-fuelled engines and small cabins in which CO can accumulate to dangerous levels very quickly. Graham Watts emphasises the importance of understanding CO risks: ‘Good skippers will understand and control all risks to protect their crews. This includes knowing about CO and being able to recognise the symptoms of CO poisoning’. Read the full press release here.

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    GETSI

    The Gas Engineer Training Standards Inquiry, or GETSI to fans and connoisseurs, is entering a vital stage: On the 22nd of January 2018, an evidence session will take place in parliament during which industry experts and training providers will share their views and insights with politicians on how to improve upon the current training system and provide a level playing field for gas engineers and training providers alike.

    Recent increases in reported incidents have caused concern within the industry, as it becomes increasingly clear that this might be due to underlying systemic causes such as fragmented regulatory oversight and low cost-low quality short training courses.

    For regular updates on all things GETSI, check our hashtag #GETSI on twitter or see the news section on our website for regular updates: http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/appcog/news

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    Government launches consultation to review CO Regulations for renters

    The Government has launched a consultation to review the private rented sector (PRS) Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and the report of the Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Standards Working Group.

    The consultation is open until 9 January and can be found online here

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    Housing Minister launches latest APPCOG report on CO alarms and tenants' safety

    The latest APPCOG report - Carbon monoxide alarms: tenants safe and secure in their homes - focuses on issues around improving current regulations relating to the provision of carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties. The rpeort advocates that landlords must provide a CO alarm in properties containing any fuel burning appliance, as opposed to just solid fuel appliances. 

    The launch of this report was launched on the same day that the Government announced their consultation on the reviews by the DCLG.

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The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is the leading forum for Parliamentarians to discover, discuss and promote ways of tackling carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK.