IGEM - UP/11
Gas installations for educational establishments
|Publication Date:||1 July 2018|
This Standard covers the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of gas pipework, systems and appliances in educational establishments including schools; colleges; universities and training facilities.
Note: IGEM/UP/1101 provides guidance on the operational issues for gas systems and appliances.
This Standard assumes general compliance with other relevant Standards such as IGEM/UP/2, IGE/UP/1 (or IGE/UP/1A or IGEM/UP/1B as appropriate), IGEM/UP/12, BS 6891, BS 6172 and BS 6173 and provide additional requirements as considered necessary in educational establishments.
This Standard applies to the installation, alteration, replacement, servicing and maintenance of new and existing pipework and appliances.
Note 1: Gas meter installations are not covered in this Standard. IGEM/GM/6, IGEM/GM/8 or BS 6400 apply, as appropriate.
Note 2: Standards rarely cover the retrospective issue of existing installations. They can, however, set a basis for consideration of performance upon which a risk assessment can be developed.
This Standard covers:
• piped gas supplied from gas distribution systems such as a NG distribution system or a LPG central bulk storage system
• piped gas supplied through independent LPG supplies i.e. either a cylinder or an individual bulk storage vessel
• portable LPG systems and appliances
• portable temporary LPG heaters.
This Standard applies to 1st, 2nd and 3rd family gases, as defined in BS EN 437.
Note: 1st, 2nd and 3rd family gases can be heavier than air. 2nd family gases include lighter than air gases such as NG and manufactured substitutes (hereafter referred to as NG). 3rd family gases include heavier than air gases such as LPG and sometimes further defined as propane or butane and in the vapour phase.
This Standard does not cover gas installations in an individual domestic dwelling integral with an educational establishment. However, the installation of domestic gas appliances in an educational establishment itself is covered.
This Standard does not cover piped supplies to or from oxygen or acetylene systems. In such cases reference needs to be made to HSE Guidance HSG139. This Standard does not cover liquid fuel systems, appliances and flues. However many of the risks associated with gas systems will also apply to liquid fuel systems and similar standards of safety need to be applied. Advice for storage and use of bottled gases and other gases used for educational purposes are covered in CLEAPSS guidance.
This Standard does not cover the primary design requirements for central heating and domestic hot water plant for which reference to IGEM/UP/10 is necessary. However, it does address automatic isolation valves (AIVs) and other safety features for educational establishments.
This Standard does not cover central catering installations for which reference to BS 6173 is necessary.
This Standard does not cover the installation and use of specialist test and demonstration apparatus. For such apparatus, a competent person is required to ensure the apparatus is fit for purpose. In addition, such apparatus may only be operated by a competent person.
This Standard does not cover training and assessment facilities for gas operatives.
All pressures are gauge pressures unless otherwise stated.
Italicised text is informative and does not represent formal requirements.
Appendices are informative and do not represent formal requirements unless specifically referenced in the main sections via the prescriptive terms "must", "shall" or "should".