The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) has announced it is backing an online petition to have carbon monoxide (CO) testing equipment made mandatory in GP surgeries throughout the UK.
Via this initiative, originally launched by UK-based boiler and home care business CORGI HomePlan, the presence of CO detection equipment in all GP surgeries could improve diagnosis when patients show symptoms which could have been caused by CO exposure.
This scheme underlines the organisation’s stance on utilising the correct equipment used for detecting CO poisoning and the presence of the gas itself, including audible alarms, personal alarm for all first responders and flue gas analysers for gas engineers.
Chris Bielby, Chair of the UK association, reinforced, “The GISG 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 CO poisioning, and to improve the safety regime within the UK’s gas industry.”
“It seems entirely sensible that GPs are now equipped with the most appropriate tool to help them diagnose CO.”
The GISG is hoping that the online petition gets enough signatures to trigger a debate in Parliament.
The GISG maintains a long standing commitment to improving the awareness of CO poisoning amongst healthcare professionals, within both the gas industry and general public. Since its formation in 2000, its has brought together the UK’s gas industry to maintain and improve safety performance by improving cooperation, coordination and commissioning key research.