The Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey and all gas engineers must be on this Gas Safe Register. This is extremely important within our industry when engineers are fitting fireplaces, fires and stoves involving gas.
Some of you may well remember CORGI well the Gas Safe is the replacement to this and The Fireplace Factory has ensured all our engineers are registered but why?
What does the Gas Safe Register do?
In effect the Gas Safe Register has been put in place to ensure that gas safety is kept in mind and that improvements are constantly being made and maintained to the highest standards. Currently there are around 123,000 gas engineers on the register and this means they are fully qualified to work with gas.
Further to this the Gas Safe Register actually tracks down any individuals who are working with gas illegally whilst implementing regular inspections of Gas Safe registered engineers. When you have a gas engineer in your home you should ensure that they are Gas Safe Registered and through this register consumers have been educated and the importance of gas safety awareness highlighted.
Who runs Gas Safe Register and what is it required for?
This is a question which we are frequently but the Gas Safe Register is run by Capita Gas Safe Registration and Ancillary Services Ltd which is a division of Capita Plc.
A Gas Safe engineer is required for all gas work carried out within your home which includes, installing, repairing or servicing a gas boiler. In our case it applies because a registered engineer is required when installing or repairing a gas fire, gas cooker or hob but our engineers are registered personally.
How do you know if an engineer is registered?
You can check to see if they are registered easily because all Gas Safe Engineers will carry an ID card. Before you allow gas engineer into your home to work on anything then you need to check the front and back of their Gas Safe ID card. If they do not show it then ask to see it because the legitimate ones will carry a card.
When you check it then you need to check for the following items on the front of the card:
- The photo
- The start and expiry date
- The licence number
- The security hologram
Then you need to check the back of the card for the following items:
- The engineer is qualified to do the gas work you require
- The qualifications identified on the card are up to date and valid
You can check online on the Gas Safe website for more information concerning the Gas Safe Register. The Fireplace Factory has all our engineers registered personally and we regulate these to ensure that they hold valid cards and their qualifications are up to date.
For more information then please contact us on 01254 668747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10th April 2012, 11:37