Before you let anyone into your home to do any gas work, whether installations, servicing or repair, it’s essential that you know the person doing the work is qualified to do so. You need to know how to check a gas ID card. It’s for your safety and the protection of your gas boilers and appliances – they are expensive so you need to know that they are in good hands!
Don’t feel awkward!
You might feel a bit awkward asking to check a gas ID card but any legitimate engineer should be very happy that you are checking their details. Qualifying to be a gas engineer is time consuming and expensive so sometimes people cut corners and genuine engineers are keen to cut out the cowboys.
The best thing to do is your homework before your engineer arrives. Go online to the Gas Safe Register and check the business you have booked, is registered.
On the website, you will find a list of the engineers working for the company, with their pictures and a list of their qualifications so you can make sure they are qualified. If you have any concerns or you are not sure, call Gas Safe.
You can see above, our engineer Trevor!
Now check the gas safe ID card
When your gas safe engineer arrives at your house ask to see his or her ID.
Details to check:
- The engineer’s photo – is it the right person?
- The start and expiry dates – is the card in date?
- The licence number – the number should be repeated
- The security hologram – every card has one
If you have been online you will already know if the engineer is registered with the right qualifications but you can still check the reverse of the card where their qualifications will be listed. At a very minimum it should have pipe work and boilers, if they are doing servicing. Make sure the qualifications are in date. They have to be refreshed every five years.
Can plumbers do gas work?
There is confusion for householders over the difference between plumbers and gas engineers – gas engineers often do plumbing work but only gas safe registered engineers can do gas work.
This may sound like a lot of repetition but there are two reasons for this:
- It is a criminal offence for anyone who is not Gas Safe Registered to work on gas appliances
- It is extremely dangerous for an unqualified person to work on gas appliances
- Even if ‘they get away with it’ you will be left with a poor quality installation with no warranty and no house insurance
Remember – you are NOT being fussy!
Poor quality gas work can kill. Taking the steps above will not only keep you safe but will help others by helping to stamp out cowboys.
Any doubts or questions – call Gas Safe 0800 408 5500.
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