Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (259)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

259. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the NSAI will publish a standard on the recommendation that carbon monoxide alarms be included in sleeping areas of buildings that are non-domestic in nature; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51688/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

During the course of 2018, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has been engaged in the development of draft Irish Standard I.S. 820 - Non-domestic gas installations. A public consultation was held earlier this year as part of that development process.

Standard I.S. 820 included a proposal to recommend installation of carbon monoxide detection in sleeping areas of commercial buildings. This issue was the subject of comments submitted as part of the public consultation process. Upon review of those comments, the technical experts and regulators considered that this specific matter required separate consideration and assessment.

As a result, the NSAI Gas Technical Standards Committee, at its recent meeting in November 2018, agreed to exclude this recommendation from I.S. 820. It also agreed that the establishment of a new working group, dedicated to this topic, would be more appropriate.

This group will be formed early in 2019 and will aim to have stakeholder participation from other sectors of fuel types, such as gas, oil and solid fuels. One of the group’s initial tasks will be to seek NSAI Board approval for the work and set timelines for output delivery.