Because Gas is ever present in our lives, in our homes, our businesses, and in our care homes, it is essential that there is a recognised standard of safety for the people that we rely on to fix any problems when they occur. Gas Safe is that standard.
The Gas Safe Register is the Official Gas Registration body for the United Kingdom, by Law all gas engineers must be on the register, it is overseen by the Health and Safety Executive. The Gas Safe Register replaced the former CORGI and is now run by the Capita group for and on behalf of the HSE.
What do they do?
They have the authority to improve and maintain safety standards at the highest level by registering all gas engineers working in the industry throughout the entire country, of whom there are about 120,000 qualified to do so.
Gas Safe works pro-actively to protect the public from unsafe gas work by investigating illegal workers through their National Investigation Team, they conduct regular inspections of Gas Safe registered engineers to keep up standards, educating consumers and promoting gas safety awareness through safety campaigns, plus investigating reports about unsafe work.
Under the rules gas safe engineers must apply to become registered, they are required to hold suitable gas engineering qualifications and undergo regular inspections to ensure they continue to work in a safe manner, and they can be removed from the register should they fail to meet the rigorous standards as required, removal from the register means that they can no longer work as gas engineers.
What does this mean to you?
When selecting a gas engineer to conduct repairs to your central heating, hot water system, or gas appliances it is necessary to find a Gas Safe Engineer. Doing so is easy as the Gas Safe Register has every registered gas engineer in the Country listed and they can be located through the Gas Safe website.
Why is this so important?
Using an illegal gas engineer is potentially dangerous. What may seem like a quick fix may be lethal and such work may cost a great deal more in the long-run to put right.
People using illegal gas workers have no legal protection for the work done and any insurances held on property would be void.
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