Using a gas safe registered engineer – what does that mean?

Oct 26, 2016 | Gas

Here at Alderminster we specialise in providing a range of energy services, and have been a leading supplier in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the Cotswolds for the past three decades.

Our experience speaks for itself, but we can also provide our customers with the assurance of using Gas Safe registered engineers.

But what exactly is Gas Safe and what does it mean for our customers? Here we’ll explain exactly why it’s so important.

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What is Gas Safe?

In the UK, gas engineers must be approved to carry out work including on cookers, boilers, fires and any other kind of gas appliances.

Many people may be familiar with CORGI but this was replaced by Gas Safe as the official body for gas engineers on 1 April 2009 (1 April 2010 for Northern Ireland and Guernsey). Every gas engineer must be registered with Gas Safe in order to carry out work on any kind of gas appliances. This includes not just repairs and maintenance, but also any kind of checks or assessment work.

Gas Safe hold a register with details of every single approved individual in the country so it’s easy to check whether an engineer is qualified to carry out gas work. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that a potentially dangerous appliance is being dealt with by someone with the appropriate knowledge and experience.

The work of the Gas Safe register

The Gas Safe register is not just a list of engineers who are qualified to carry out the work but part of an active body who works hard to promote safe practices within the gas industry in the UK.

As well as having a checkable list of names, Gas Safe is responsible for investigating any instances of unsafe gas practices in the UK. This could include engineers who are carrying out work illegally or gas work which has been completed to an unsatisfactory standard.

Gas Safe also campaign in the public arena to provide education and awareness to consumers.

There are currently around 120,000 registered Gas Safe engineers in the UK. Once registered, Gas Safe will carry out regular inspections to ensure that proper standards of work are being maintained.

Why using a Gas Safe engineer is important

The importance of only using a registered Gas Safe engineer cannot be over-emphasised: the risks associated with poor workmanship or lack of knowledge could quite literally be deadly.

When installed and repaired properly, gas appliances are safe and economical but if they are poorly fitted, not maintained or badly serviced the consequences could be lethal.

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Only use a Gas Safe Engineer

By not using a Gas Safe engineer you are risking the health and lives of both you and your family, with potentially either a gas explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.

In many cases, DIY is a good alternative option to hiring a professional but when it comes to gas, it’s simply not worth the risk. A malfunctioning piece of equipment or insufficient ventilation can lead to carbon monoxide escaping. Silent and with no smell, it’s a deadly killer which provides no warning. Gas is too dangerous if you’ve not had the relevant training and aren’t equipped with the right kit to check for life-threatening leaks.

Trust us to keep you safe

Contact us today on 01789 450 314 to discuss how we could help you with your gas appliances in your home.