Do you know what ‘Gas Safe’ means? Do you know how to check if someone doing gas work in your home is Gas Safe registered?
The Gas Safe Register is the ONLY official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances.
Gas engineers must register with Gas Safe to be able to work on any gas appliance. It is a legal requirement and it is a criminal offence for a non-registered person to carry out any gas work. This includes YOU! If you decide to work on your own boiler, you can be prosecuted and potentially face a jail sentence.
CORGI is not Gas Safe
The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009.
Gas Safe maintains industry standards, investigates complaints and audits registered engineers to ensure they are correctly qualified and carrying out work to a high standard. You can find more information on the Gas Safe website where there is help and about its services.
How to check your engineer’s Gas Safe Registration
Always look for the Gas Safe logo but it is only the first step as anyone can download a logo off the internet. Next check the Gas Safe register: www.gassaferegister.co.uk and search for details. You will find a picture of the engineer as well as a list of their qualifications. Make sure they are qualified to carry out your work. Not all are the same and if in doubt call Gas Safe who will be able to advise you.
Finally, when your engineer arrives to do the work, check their ID! They will have one – it’s your home so check who you are inviting in. Don’t accept excuses such as “it’s in the van, I’ll get it later” or “I’ve left it at home”.
For more information about checking an ID card see our article: How to check a gas ID card.
Don’t worry, you won’t upset anyone…
If you are suspicious about anyone but don’t want to cause offense by checking, remember:
- The law is to protect you, your family and friends and your property – faulty, poorly fitted gas appliances kill.
- Every year Gas Safe prosecutes bogus engineers using the Gas Safe logo fraudulently.
- Gas Safe requires that engineers maintain qualifications and have adequate insurance to be registered. Genuine engineers are happy to be checked out as it helps stop the rouge traders getting the work.
- Gas Safe can investigate and provide advice if you are unhappy or worried about gas work carried out in your home.
Alcro Ltd is Gas Safe registered – see About Us