PAC NI | Hospitality Sector Gas Detection Safety Check
19 Jun 2020

Hospitality Sector Gas Detection Safety Check

PAC Group support the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland by slashing the cost of Gas Detection Safety Checks.

Lockdown measures are being eased and Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector can begin to re-open from July 3rd 2020. Pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, and cafes across the province will spend the next couple of weeks putting health and safety measures in place to ensure good social distancing practices and to create a safe space for their customers and employees.

The safe operation and condition of on-site gas detection systems should be a key consideration for the sector before re-opening.

PAC Group's Gas Detection Manager, Mark Whitehead, said:

"Re-starting operations after a prolonged period of closure can result in a range of problems in fixed gas detection systems, including leaks of toxic or flammable gases, incorrect pressurisation of systems, and maintenance issues that result in extraction systems no longer working effectively or efficiently."

A wide range of industry sectors use gas detection systems, such as manufacturing facilities, leisure centres and swimming pools, schools and colleges, and – of course – the hospitality sector. While COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on the global and local economy, the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has been particularly hard hit, and PAC Group would like to do what we can to help.

Hospitality Sector Gas Detection Safety Check

PAC Gas Detection carry out Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM) and safety checks on fixed gas detection systems for a diverse range of industries. Until the end of July, we would like to offer a Gas Detection Safety Check to the hospitality sector for a reduced rate.

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Mark adds:

“Like the majority of Northern Ireland, PAC Group employees can’t wait to get back to our favourite bars and restaurants, and many of us are looking forward to having a holiday-at-home this year in our local hotels.”

“Before the Coronavirus pandemic, Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector was buzzing and vibrant. We want to do what we can to support the sector in getting back on its feet. We hope that by offering our gas detection services at a reduced cost, we can help alleviate some of the pressure felt by the sector and give business owners peace of mind that their gas detection systems are operating safely before they bring back their employees and reopen to the public.”

The safe operation of gas detection systems should form part of a reopening Risk Assessment. While we tend to associate gas detection systems to businesses operating in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, the systems are widely used - and are often a legal requirement - within many businesses in the hospitality sector.

Common gases used within the hospitality industry include nitrogen (N2) and carbon dioxide (CO2). While these gases are naturally present in the atmosphere, they are at very low concentrations. Leaks from gas canisters or equipment can result in elevated levels in the air, which is especially dangerous in confined spaces, such as store rooms and cellars.

For example, CO2 is a colourless, tasteless, and odourless gas with a density that is 5x heavier than air. This means pockets of silent and deadly CO2 can gather low on the ground and gradually increase in size. In normal conditions, CO2 represents 0.04% of clean air. An increase to 2% can cause headaches and difficulty breathing, an increase to 5% can cause dizziness, confusion, and respiratory distress, and an increase to 7% can kill in just 5 minutes.

To find out more, or to book your Gas Detection Safety Check, you can request a call-back from a member of our team.

Alternatively, you can call 02893 364600 or email info@pacgroup.co.uk.

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