If you need to arrange for a plumber or engineer to carry out work in your home involving gas appliances, it pays to know who you’re dealing with. Each year in the UK, around 1.1 million of these jobs are carried out by illegal fitters who lack the proper qualifications, according to Gas Safe Register. If you use a tradesperson who isn’t suitably accredited, you could be risking anything from fire to carbon monoxide poisoning.
The key to protecting yourself and your home is to make sure that you choose engineers who are Gas Safe-registered. Here, we explain what exactly this means, why it’s important and how you can do it.
The Gas Safe Register is the UK’s official list of businesses that are registered to work on gas appliances, such as boilers, fires and cookers. It replaced its predecessor the Council of Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) in 2009.
Businesses on the list register an engineer or engineers who are issued with an ID card to demonstrate that they are Gas Safe. These professionals can carry out a range of tasks safely and legally, and they can also issue Gas Safe Certificates after installing new gas appliances.
The system is designed to help protect the public from unsafe work. As well as maintaining a database of registered professionals, Gas Safe Register operates a national investigations team designed to track down tradespeople who are working illegally. It also conducts regular inspections of registered engineers, runs gas safety education campaigns for the public and investigates reports of unsafe gas work.
When you’re arranging for a plumber or engineer to carry out jobs in your house that involve a gas appliance such as a boiler, there is a lot to think about. You might need someone who can come out at short notice, and you’ll no doubt want to make sure their services are good value for money. But above all else, it’s really important to get someone who is qualified to do the work safely - and this is why the Gas Safe Register is essential. To check if an engineer is registered, ask to see their ID card or check online on the Gas Safe website. Each year, registered engineers are issued with a new ID card that displays a unique seven-digit licence number. If a tradesperson can’t provide this proof of identification, don’t use them, even if they say they are on the list.
It’s important to be aware however that a Gas Safe ID card doesn’t necessarily mean that engineers are qualified to carry out all kinds of gas work. These professionals often have a number of qualifications that enable them to do certain kinds of jobs. So, before you agree to any work, check to see exactly what the engineer is qualified to do.
Finding a registered engineer is quick and easy. Simply visit the Gas Safe Register website. You can then search for suitable professionals by entering your postcode and selecting the type of appliance you would like them to work on. Once you click ‘Find’, you will be presented with a list of engineers. As mentioned above, always check their specific qualifications before agreeing to use their services.
Alternatively, if you have already found a business that you think would be suitable for the job - for example, a company recommended to you by a friend or family member - you can see if they are Gas Safe registered by entering their trading name or business registration number into the appropriate search box on the Gas Safe Register website. If you don’t know either of these pieces of information, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the organisation will check for you.
There are many thousands of registered engineers working in the UK. By the end of 2018, more than 140,000 engineers and 76,000 businesses were on the Gas Safe list, and this number may have increased since. This is good news as it means you shouldn’t struggle to find suitably qualified and accredited engineers to carry out work in your home - whether that’s installing a new boiler, servicing or repairing an existing boiler, or anything else.
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