New Members for CoGDEM  11 April 2013 
  The past few months have seen a steady flow of new member applications, and we are pleased to welcome several companies into our organisation, including Senscient, Analytical Technology (ATI), BSI, Net Safety, International Environmental Technology (IET) and Air Liquide.   
 
CoGDEM Guide to Gas Detection  16 November 2012 
  A new reference book has been published which covers the subject of workplace gas detection. Written by experts from CoGDEM's member companies, the book gives guidance on selection, installation and training for fixed or portable instruments, as well as reference chapters on chemistry, sensors, standards, calibration and testing. Available from ILM Publications.   
 
Consultation after consultation  20 March 2012 
  The first three months of 2012 has seen a glut of formal consultations to which CoGDEM has submitted comments. These include UK Building Regulations (safety of gas installations and energy efficiency of homes), Green Deal, EU Gas Appliance Directive (GAD) and National Grid Stakeholders.   
 
All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group  15 July 2011 
  Since its relaunch in 2010, the APPGSG has organised some very interesting industry meetings, enabling the MPs to gather up-to-date information on matters such as carbon monoxide poisoning and other domestic gas hazards. At a combined APPGSG/CoGDEM meeting in July, some 50 industry experts discussed the contribution to domestic gas safety that could be made if all heating engineers were fully competent, skilled and experienced. Part of the discussion focussed on the competence required to use Flue Gas Analysers when assessing the correct operation of heating appliances.    
 
CO - Be Alarmed media campaign starts  13 January 2011 
  This year’s CO – Be Alarmed campaign has its media launch on Thursday 13th January 2011, with key messages about domestic carbon monoxide poisoning expected to be picked up by broadcast, print and electronic media. Research shows that the use of CO alarms has increased since the last campaign, so that around one third of UK homes are now protected. The campaign points out that all fuel-burning appliances should be installed and serviced by professional registered engineers, with CO alarms fitted to provide permanent protection. MPs will be lobbied to improve the relevant legislation concerning rented properties and new-build homes.   
 
Flues in Voids  01 December 2010 
  An awareness campaign starts today to alert gas engineers, builders and residents of the risks of CO poisoning from defective flue systems that are hidden in voids. From Jan 2011, gas appliances with flues that cannot be inspected must be turned off unless CO alarms are installed. After Jan 2013, if no inspection hatches have been provided, the appliance must be turned off, even if CO alarms are present. For details, visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk/fluesinvoids    
 
UK Building Regs and CO alarms  01 October 2010 
  As of today, the 2010 amendments to the UK Building Regulations come into force, including a new edition of Part J covering combustion appliances. It is now a requirement to incorporate an EN 50291-compliant domestic CO alarm in the room where a solid fuel appliance is located. Part J also states that CO alarms reduce the risk of poisoning from other types of combustion appliance, i.e. non-solid fuel appliances such as gas and oil-fired.   
 
CO Alarms in holiday accommodation  17 May 2010 
  The trial of two British holiday company reps in Corfu has ended, with them being found not guilty in the case of two children who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the villa in which they were staying. The parents are likely to appeal and demand a retrial. In the meantime, various organisations including Gas Safe Register are recommending that holidaymakers take a portable audible CO alarm with them, compliant with EN 50291 and able to be disabled while on board an airplane or ferry.   
 
Proposals for CO alarms in Building Regs  18 November 2009 
  CoGDEM has submitted its comments on the proposed changes to Approved Document J of the Building Regulations, covering the requirements for the installation of combustion appliances. A wider use of domestic CO alarms is recommended. We have discussed our submission with HHIC, GISG, ENA, Gas Safe Register, and COCAA. Many of our CO-related comments are broadly in line with those from these organisations.    
 
CoGDEM membership reaches 50  17 August 2009 
  The number of organisations that have chosen to be members of CoGDEM has risen to 50, despite the gloomy economic conditions that prevail. During the summer months, we have been joined by Lascar Electronics, who design and manufacture various kinds of gas detecting instruments, and National Semiconductor, who want to understand the needs of instrument makers for custom electronic components.    
 
New Chairman of BSi Gas Detection Committee  29 May 2009 
  Following John Sonley's decision to stand down as Chairman of BSi's GEL/31/19 gas detection standards committee, nominations were sought for a replacement, and CoGDEM's Steering Group decided that Tony Banfield was the person that we would nominate. We are delighted that BSi has now confirmed that he has been selected. Tony has served on the committee for many years, and has a wealth of practical experience of independent laboratory testing of gas detectors of all types, whether to British, European or global standards. So, we thank John for his years of excellent service, and congratulate Tony on his appointment.    
 
BERR wants feedback on WEEE & RoHS directives   14 April 2009 
  The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) has published a consultation on European Commission proposals to recast the Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-wlabel-dti.nsf/wfArticle?ReadForm&unid=60 F5B11527C0D0C88025759300389C0E    
 
CORGI scheme replaced by Gas Safe Register  23 March 2009 
  Gas safety in Great Britain has changed. CORGI gas registration ends in GB on 31 March 2009 and no longer applies to gas safety law. From 1 April 2009, all gas engineers must be on the new Gas Safe Register™ to do gas work lawfully. Always ask for a Gas Safe registered engineer. And always ask to see their ID card. Be gas safe. For more information go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.    
 
Successful campaign to warn householders  12 February 2009 
  CoGDEM was asked to front a series of radio interviews in mid-January as part of the wider COCAA campaign to warn householders of the dangers of CO poisoning. Using survey data provided by CORGI, 16 interviews were broadcast, and the follow-up contacts have proved that the campaign had a broad reach.    
 
New 'Gas Safe Register' announced  11 December 2008 
  When the current CORGI gas installer registration scheme transfers to Capita in April 09, it will operate under the new brand 'Gas Safe Register', with a yellow triangular logo. Details can be found on the website www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk    
 
Autumn CO awareness activities  14 November 2008 
  From Mon 17 to Fri 21 Nov 09, the charity CO-Awareness is holding a week of meetings around the UK for victims of CO poisoning to tell their stories to politicians and the media. CoGDEM members will be attending some of these meetings to lend their support. CoGDEM is also heavily involved in the current COCAA campaign (Carbon Monoxide Consumer Awareness Alliance) entitled 'Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed' which has had a high level of media coverage, including endorsement interviews by TV's Kirstie Allsopp, and MP lobbying activities.    
 
HSE safety alert on gas appliance flues in voids  06 October 2008 
  Following a recent death in a new apartment, HSE is drawing the attention of builders, landlords, occupiers and heating inspectors to the special risks with extended flues from gas appliances mounted on internal walls. The safety alert makes particular mention of combustion gases, carbon monoxide and the recommendation to fit domestic CO alarms. Details posted on 2 Oct 2008 on http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2008/e08046.htm    
 
John Lewis recalls non-compliant JO-EL CO alarms  05 August 2008 
  In tests commissioned by Trading Standards, the JO-EL COA-001 domestic CO alarm (stocked by John Lewis amongst others) failed to respond to potentially harmful concentrations of carbon monoxide, so an immediate safety recall was issued at the end of July 2008. Trading Standards has advised that retailers and consumers should only purchase alarms that have been proven to comply with the European standard EN 50291.    
 
Condensing boilers need flue gas check  11 June 2008 
  The HSE is investigating 7 serious incidents which have led to 4 fatalities from carbon monoxide poisoning, linked to new-generation gas-fired condensing boilers. While the investigation continues, CORGI (supported by the HSE and HHIC) is now recommending that the flue gas is checked for the correct levels of CO and CO2, whether or not the boiler manufacturer states this in their documentation. A calibrated flue gas analyser should be used by a competent CORGI-registered engineer. More details on www.trustcorgi.com/safetyupdates    
 
New CORGI report highlights CO poisoning hotspots   03 June 2008 
  CORGI has just published its 2008 Map report, which highlights London as joining Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands as areas where the majority of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents occurred from April 07 to March 08. There were 21 fatalities from incidents caused by gas fuelled appliances. It is not known how many other fatalities occurred due to oil or solid fuel appliances, as the figures are not centrally recorded, although the numbers may be higher than for gas. Surveys show that the awareness of symptoms amongst the public and medical practitioners has not improved, with many people not knowing that audible CO alarms can (and do) save lives, and protect against non-fatal yet still harmful exposure to lower concentrations. Copies of the report are available from CoGDEM.    
 
ATEX Harmonised Standards  12 May 2008 
  Many CoGDEM members are involved with products that need to comply with the ATEX Directive, and will have been following the issues surrounding CENELEC being out of step with the listing of harmonised standards. We have just received a new listing from the EU Official Journal, bringing the list up to date. Of most relevance to gas detection manufacturers will be EN 60079-0 taking over the 'presumption of conformity' from EN 50014 (Ex General Requirements) straightaway, with EN 50020 (Intrinsic Safety) being superseded by EN 60079-11 in October 2009.    
 
Detector Electronics (Detronics) joins CoGDEM  04 April 2008 
  Detronics has been designing, manufacturing and supplying hazardous area fixed gas detection apparatus for three decades. Having an American parent company, the MD of the UK operation, Garth Watkins, commented: "I am pleased that we have been able to join CoGDEM. I hope we can make a valuable contribution."    
 
Groveley Detection joins CoGDEM  20 February 2008 
  CoGDEM is pleased to welcome Groveley Detection as a new member. Founded in 1991, Groveley supplies fire and gas detection field devices to the Oil & Gas, LNG, Refining, Chemical, Power, and Pharmaceutical industries. Groveley's products include GDA Gas & Smoke Aspirators, GD10P & GD10PE Simtronics infrared Point Gas Detectors, FDS-101 Micropack CCTV Visual Flame Detectors (VFD), GDU Ultrasonic / Acoustic Gas Leak Detectors, HSSA EEx d High Sensitivity Smoke Aspirations Systems as well as a full range of traditional gas detectors and controllers.    
 
BERR representatives to attend CoGDEM meeting  15 January 2008 
  BERR (formally DTI) will send its two ATEX experts to the Jan 2008 meeting of CoGDEM to assess and decide the UK view on European moves to make the performance testing of flammable gas detectors mandatory under the ATEX Directive.    
 
AMGas and Qtronics join CoGDEM  12 November 2007 
  CoGDEM is pleased to welcome two new member companies. AMGas offers a pellistor-replacement detection system for flammable gas using infrared sensing, aimed at offshore and similarly arduous environments. Qtronics has products for the domestic and light industrial sector; gas leak and carbon monoxide detectors with wireless links to control units and shut-off valves.    
 
New Workplace Exposure Limits for toxic gas  01 October 2007 
  Changes to EH40 came into force on 1 Oct 2007, so if toxic gas detection in the workplace is part of your company's activities, you may wish to download the document from the HSE website. The changes have been highlighted in bold within the document, and the most important changes are arguably to chlorine (no LTEL, reduced STEL of 0.5ppm), pentane (newly introduced LTEL of 600ppm, no STEL), phosphine (new LTEL of 0.1ppm, reduced STEL of 0.2ppm) and toluene (reduced STEL of 100ppm).   
 
Carbon monoxide roadshow targets consumers  26 September 2007 
  CoGDEM is a member of COCAA, the Carbon Monoxide Consumer Awareness Alliance which is being coordinated by CORGI. A CORGI sponsored Land Rover has been kitted out with logos, warnings, key messages, leaflets and computer screens running a slide show and tv adverts. The roadshow will be at the following venues: 20/21 Sep - Coventry, Ricoh Arena (InstallerLive exhibition) 22/23 Sep - Birmingham, Bull Ring 29/30 Sep - Newcastle, Metro Centre 6/7 Oct - Cardiff, St. David's Centre 13/14 Oct - Nottingham, Victoria Centre 19 Oct - Huddersfield, CO-Awareness Week event 20/21 Oct - Sheffield, Meadowhalls 27/28 Oct - Leicester, Shire Centre    
 
New ACS criteria for CO and FGA competence  18 June 2007 
  New ACS criteria for CO and FGA competence   
 
New HSE statement on CO detectors in warehouses  20 May 2007 
  New guidance to be published by the HSE in July 2007 will apply to companies who use fork-lift trucks powered by internal combustion engines in warehouses or similar indoor spaces. The HSE publication HSG76 will give advice on the risks and the need for ventilation. Clause 191 will state “There may be occasions where monitoring for the presence of gases such as carbon monoxide could be helpful either for establishing if there is a problem or for ensuring that the control measures are adequate."    
 
CoGDEM joins fuel-industry body on CO publicity  13 April 2007 
  The UK fuel industry (piped gas, bottled gas, oil and solid fuel) has joined forces under a CORGI-led initiative to increase the amount of publicity of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. CoGDEM is a member of the organising group who will create key messages and a logo that will be used consistently throughout the industry.    
 
UK WEEE legislation released  21 January 2007 
  The UK implementing regulations for the WEEE directive have at last been released. Download them from the CoGEM documents pages