What is the Large Business Forum (LBF)?
A group of businesses operating primarily in the utilisation sector of the gas industry brought together to discuss engineering, safety and legislative issues that affect professionals working with use of gas in domestic and commercial premises.
The LBF acts as the a voice of the utilisation sector providing technical advice and support to regulators including the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Gas Safe Register (GSR), the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem).
The group of businesses represented at LBF meetings includes; Amey, British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, HomeServe, Kier Group, Mears Group, Morgan Sindall Property Services and Swale Heating.
They work alongside IGEM and their colleagues operating the UK transmission and distribution network to create clarity of understanding and agree best practice on issues such as low pressure that have relevance to both sides.
A number of the issues raised at LBF meetings have resulted in dedicated IGEM working groups being set up. These include the RIDDOR Working Group and the Low Pressure Supply Working Group.
These groups have published standard procedures for dealing with incidents of low pressure on the network and standard criteria for reporting unsafe gas work under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 for the benefit of utilisation professionals.
The LBF is the primary supporter of IGEM’s annual Gas Utilisation Conference, providing advice and guidance on topics to include on the programme and speakers to invite.