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Wednesday, 9 March 2011 10:43:35 Europe/London
I am often asked by customers where they should look to find a gas fitter to install their new gas fire or gas stove. If they are outside our installation area I always advise them to look on the Gas Safe Register website. More often than not they have never heard of the Gas Safe Register, but if I mention CORGI it is a different story.
Arising from the Gas Board as a registration scheme for gas installers, CORGI has been a household name in the UK for many years. Recognised by 8 out of 10 people in the UK, the CORGI brand stands for safety, expertise and trust. If it has been a couple of years since you had any gas work done, you may not be aware that the role of CORGI in the gas industry has changed.
In 2006 the Health and Safety Executive carried out a review of UK gas safety. After extensive consultation with the public, gas engineers and the gas industry they came to the conclusion that changes should be made to the UK gas registration scheme. As a result CORGI were replaced as the national gas scheme registrar by the Gas Safe Register in April 2009. The Gas Safe Register is operated by Capita Group.
The Gas Safe Register aims to improve and maintain gas safety to the highest possible standards. The Gas Safe Register is the only official UK list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on appliances such as gas fires, boilers, ovens and hobs.
Any gas work in your home should be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This includes installation, servicing and repairs to gas fires, gas boilers and gas cookers or hobs. A gas engineer may be qualified and Gas Safe registered, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are qualified to work on your appliance. Different specialist areas of gas work include gas fires, cookers, water heaters and pipework.
Before a gas engineer is registered with the Gas Safe Register, checks are done to make sure they are qualified and competent to work legally and safely with gas. Their entry on the Gas Safe Register specifies the type of work they can do and the expiration date of their qualifications.
It can be difficult to work out whether a gas fitter is operating legally. We often blindly trust recommendations from friends and family without thinking to check the engineer’s credentials. Your gas engineer should carry a Gas Safe Register ID card, which displays his registration number, photo and a list of the types of appliance he is qualified to work on. Always ask to your engineer’s ID card before allowing them to begin work, and check the ID is valid either on the Gas Safe Register website or by calling them on 0800 4085500.