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Who We Are
Who's who at URC Thames North Synod?
A list of committees at URC Thames North Synod.
Find out about the structure of the United Reformed Church.
There are approximately 1500 local United Reformed Churches Across England, Scotland and Wales.
Thames North Trust
Find out about the Thames North Trust.
What We Do
How we undertake a range of functions to support our local churches.
Discipleship Steering Group
The DSG at the forefront of our commitment to whole life discipleship.
Children & Youth
News on our children's and youth work and activities.
Support for those working with children, young people and adults at risk of harm.
Church & Society Network
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Current job vacancies within the Thames North Synod and our partner organisations.
Find a Local Church
Directory of our local churches within the Thames North Synod.
Weekly e-newsletters from the Synod.
Thames North Synod gathers for full Synod meetings 2-3 times a year.
Information and documents relating to Church Premises.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety Policy for the United Reformed Church Thames North Synod.
Additional resources & downloads.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with the duties of landlords to ensure that gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants’ use are safe.
Many local churches own a manse or other property used by the minister or let to tenants that have gas installations and appliances within them.
These guidelines are designed to give advice to trustees (elders) and the minister or tenant of manse property to ensure full compliance with the Regulations and help to keep residential properties in a good state of repair.
The general provisions of the Regulations are clear about the type and use of different appliances and include the following:
A Gas Safe registered Engineer must ensure that all appliances and pipework within each property complies with the Regulations. However, it is the landlords responsibility to ensure a full inventory of all gas appliances and pipework is kept and annually reviewed.
Annual Safety Checks
Local churches with residential property have a duty, as landlord, to ensure:
Annual Safety Checks must be arranged by the trustees (elders).
Tenants also have responsibilities imposed upon them by the Gas Safety Regulations:
It is a legislative requirement to have one working (regularly tested) Smoke Alarm installed on every floor of a rental property used as living accommodation.
In addition, Carbon Monoxide alarms may need to be fitted in manses and rented residential property, and is a legislative requirement within and room used as living accommodation where solid fuel is used.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is widely known as a silent killer. It is highly poisonous and cannot be detected by the senses. You can’t see, smell or taste its presence. Exposure to even low levels of CO can cause brain damage and death.
CO is produced by the incomplete combustion of gas, solid or liquid fuels. It arises from badly installed or poorly maintained gas appliances. Insufficient ventilation to the appliance or away from the appliance (flues and chimneys blocked) will also cause CO build up.
Signs of CO are: yellow or brown stains around the appliance, pilot lights which blow out frequently and increased condensation inside windows.
Symptoms: Fatigue, headaches, flu like symptoms such as nausea, chest pains, sudden giddiness when standing up, sickness, diarrhoea and stomach pains, erratic behaviour.
If you require further information in respect of Annual Gas Safety Checks or believe your appliance has not been checked within the past 12 months please contact your landlord.
For more information on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, including details of responsibility for installation and testing, see: The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2015/9780111133439/contents
A large print version of this document is available upon request. Contact Synod Office: 020 7799 5000
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