The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) has announced its support for an online petition launched by CORGI HomePlan to have carbon monoxide (CO) testing equipment made mandatory in GP surgeries.
The GISG has a long standing commitment to improving awareness of CO poisoning amongst healthcare professionals, within the gas industry and the general public.
It is hoped the presence of this equipment in all GP surgeries will improve diagnosis when people present themselves with symptoms that could be caused by exposure to CO.
This initiative is in line with the GISG’s view that it is essential that the correct equipment is available and used to detect CO poisoning and the presence of CO. This also includes audible CO alarms in buildings, personal alarm monitors for all first responders (gas emergency services, paramedics, fire service etc) and flue gas analysers for gas engineers.
GISG Chair, Chris Bielby said:
“The Gas Industry Safety Group welcomes this initiative by CORGI HomePlan, to ensure better availability and use of this important equipment by healthcare professionals.
Our members have been campaigning for over 25 years to improve awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning, and to improve the safety regime within the UK’s gas industry. This has included the mandatory use of flue gas analysers by engineers and first call operatives wearing personal alarm monitors. It seems entirely sensible that GPs are now equipped with the most appropriate tool to help them diagnose carbon monoxide.
I would encourage everyone to sign this petition, and I hope that it gets the signatures it needs to trigger a debate in Parliament.”
For further information on The Gas Industry Safety Group, visit http://www.gisg.org.uk