There have been at least 6 reported incidents of lightweight regulators leaking through the On-Off valve in recent weeks, one of which resulted in minor burns to an engineer.
The Gas Equipment Testing Station (GETS) at Croydon has investigated the faulty items of equipment & identified the problem & precautions to be taken to ensure the lightweight regulators in the field are safe for continued use.
The action for all field engineers who use this kit is as follows:-
- Connect the gas kit to the gas bottle.
- Turn on the gas regulator and apply Solution Leak Detecting to all couplings. Check for any leaks.
- Apply Solution Leak Detecting to the ON / OFF valve control. Then holding it between the thumb & forefinger look and listen for escapes of gas while checking for both sideways and in and out movement. -The sideways movement is very important.
All of these checks must be done BEFORE the torch is ignited
- Wipe off Solution Leak Detecting.
If the regulator passes these tests it is safe to use.
Any leaking items must be taken out of use immediately & your local Mobile Tester contacted for a replacement. (Mobile Tester details may be found on the front page of the Esitest [e-YP] system via Gatekeeper). The Gas Equipment Testing Station must also be contacted immediately to record data of any faults found & to enable supply of any necessary additional kits to the Mobile Testers.
GETS Tele Number – 0208 6869447