Factsheet 6 - Gas Cooking Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1989


Gas Cooking Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1989

(Consumer Protection Act 1987)


The Regulations came into force on 1st March 1989.


The Regulations relate to the supply of all equipment for cooking purposes by means of burning gas.  Included is all equipment designed or suitable for domestic use in a dwelling, ship or caravan.  The regulations are introduced as secondary legislation under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.   Because the Regulations operate with the same definition of 'supplier' as the Consumer Protection Act, then letting agents and landlords letting in the 'course of business' are liable as suppliers.

The Regulations impose the obligation on the supplier of such goods to ensure that they are 'safe' as defined by section 19 of the Consumer Protection Act, so that there is no risk of injury or death to humans or pets, or risk of damage to property.

The Regulations require:

GENERAL SAFETY.   That all gas cooking equipment supplied in the rented property is safe.

INSTRUCTIONS.  Where the safe use of the equipment relies upon the user being aware of any particular characteristic, suitable information or instruction booklets must be provided.   The necessary information may take the form of markings or recognised graphic symbols on the equipment itself, or where this is not practicable, in a notice accompanying the equipment.

GENERAL PROVISIONS.  The Regulations include provisions concerning risk of injury arising from:

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