How to be Gas Safe
If you are having any gas work carried out in home you must use a Gas Safe registered engineer. But what is Gas Safe and how do you know if your engineer is registered?
Gas Safe is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances.
By law all gas engineers MUST be on the Gas Safe Register. It is a criminal offense for a non-registered person to work on gas appliances.
Previously CORGI was the gas registration body but was replaced by Gas Safe Register in 2009.
Gas Safe maintains industry standards, investigates complaints and audits registered engineers to ensure they are correctly qualified and carrying out work to a high standard. More information can be found on the Gas Safe website about its services and activities.
How to check your engineer is Gas Safe registered
Always look for the Gas Safe logo but unfortunately anyone can download a logo off the internet so it is only the first step. Next check the Gas Safe register: www.gassaferegister.co.uk and search for details. You will find a picture of the engineer as well as a list of their qualifications. Make sure they are qualified to carry out your work. Not all are the same.
If in doubt, call Gas Safe for advice.
Finally, when your engineer arrives to do the work, check their ID! They will have one.
If you are worried about offending anyone by not being trusting, remember:
- The law is to protect you, your family and friends and your property – faulty, poorly fitted gas appliances kill.
- Every year Gas Safe prosecutes bogus engineers using the Gas Safe logo fraudulently.
- By registering with Gas Safe, engineers have to maintain qualifications, be adequately insured and prove competence. These requirements all cost money so bone fide engineers are happy to be checked out as it stops the rouge traders getting the work.