Founded in 2015 Gas Tag supplies an electronic tag to landlords, housing associations and local authorities to ensure all work is up to date and carried out by registered gas engineers. Tony McDonough reports
Fast-growing Liverpool business Gas Tag is rolling out new technology to help housing providers monitor their gas safety and compliance.
Founded in 2015 by Paul Durose and Stephen Ullathorne, Gas Tag supplies an electronic tag to landlords, housing associations and local authorities that ensures all work is up to date and carried out by registered gas engineers.
Its technology has already been installed in thousands of homes across the UK and this number is growing all the time. Now the firm, based at No 4 St Paul’s Square in the city centre, is bringing new applications to the market over the next few weeks – Portal 2.0 and upcoming project, X-Tag.
Portal 2.0 will mean it will be even easier for housing providers to monitor their gas safety and compliance. It is focused on navigation, splitting the product into six main task areas; compliance, management, jobs, issues, audit and administration.
The new navigation areas will allow housing providers to view at a glance their overall compliance and easily resolve issues, including access problems and unsent LGSRs (Landlord Gas Safety Records). Other benefits of the portal include the management of stock and contractors, job allocation and an area for auditing LGSRs.
Portal 2.0 is also a prelude to the much anticipated X-Tag project which will be released in October. Once launched, Project X-Tag will signal the start of the rollout of new workflows, including Solid Fuel, Oil, Solar, Unvented and Air Source.
This means its clients can ensure compliance across a greater number of properties and fuels. Gas Tag worked closely with housing providers and letting agents to understand their needs and how the product could meet them.
Solid fuel appliances such as wood burners have become increasingly common in households in recent years. However, if not installed properly or subject to proper maintenance they can cause fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.
According to CO-Gas Safety, 31% of deaths caused by unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning between 1995 and 2017 were caused by solid fuel appliances.
John Roche, chief operating officer of Gas Tag, said: “Since we launched Gas Tag in 2017, we have been proud to lead the way in revolutionising the sector and continuously developing technology that improves gas safety.
“The launch of Portal 2.0 will not only allow us to provide a service that meets the needs of housing providers and landlords but also future proof our product for further updates in the future.”
Gas Tag is also helping raise awareness about the importance of gas safety as part of its support for Gas Safety Week 2019. Currently, Gas Tag is used to tackle the estimated 1.1m illegal jobs carried out by unregistered gas engineers across the UK.