HSE issue wood pellet safety notice

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued a safety notice to those who use, install, maintain or distribute wood pellet boilers or manufacture/store/distribute wood pellets.

Since 2002 there have been at least nine fatalities in Europe caused by carbon monoxide poisoning following entry into wood pellet storage areas. Although there have not been any incidents so far in the UK the use of wood pellets is increasing and awareness of this danger is required. Wood pellet boilers are used in homes and businesses as an alternative to oil or gas fired boilers. They are also being installed to replace coal-fired boilers, particularly in schools.

The full safety notice can be viewed on the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk

The European ENplus wood fuel pellet quality scheme has been introduced to help secure the supply of wood pellets with clearly defined and consistent quality for heating purposes.  In the UK, the scheme is licensed by the UK Pellet Council and HETAS has been approved as the Certificating Body.  Further information on the ENPlus scheme can be found at www.pelletcouncil.eu

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