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The Gas Safe Register: Essential Information For Consumers

Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. All gas businesses must be on the Gas Safe Register as stipulated by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. 

Furthermore, a gas engineer can only be aligned to a business that is on the Gas Safe Register. The engineer must demonstrate that they hold a valid and current qualification in regard to gas safety in order to be issued with a licence to undertake gas-related work from the registered business.  

A gas business will only be permitted to join the register if they have at least one gas safety qualified engineer among their staff. There are formal routes to qualification, which include standard training and assessment courses. Gas Safe Register only accepts qualifications  issued by ACS, NVQ, or SVQ. The qualification must be updated every five years.

Businesses that require commercial gas safety certificates, such as catering establishments, have an obligation to ensure that they comply with gas safety regulations. The onus is on the business to employ an appropriately qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out installations, checks, and maintenance and repair work. 

Every business on the Gas Safe Register must renew their registration on an annual basis. Previous to the formation of the Gas Safe Register, all gas installers had to be registered to the CORGI scheme, which was established in 1991. 

However, this system was reviewed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2006, and it was decided that a change was required. This led to the formation of the Gas Safe Register in April 2009, which is administered by the Capita Group on behalf of the HSE and replaced the former CORGI scheme.

Gas Safe registered engineers carry an identity card, which consumers are strongly recommended to ask to view before allowing any gas work to be carried out at their premises. The card should have a photo ID, a registration number and an expiry date on one side, and a list of the type of work the engineer is qualified to carry out on the other side.

The Gas Safe Register makes regular monitoring inspections of all businesses on the register to ensure that the work is carried out correctly and competently. They also investigate any complaints made against companies or engineers on their list and apply a sanctions policy if need be. 

Any reports of illegal gas work carried out by unregistered businesses or gas fitters will be investigated by the Gas Safety Register and the findings reported to the HSE. The register enables eligible businesses to self-certify that their installation work is compliant with the Building Regulations in England and Wales.

Gas Safety Week

Gas Safe Register launched a public awareness raising initiative in 2011 in the form of Gas Safety Week. This takes place annually, and in 2024 it is scheduled for 9-15 September. It provides a platform for the gas industry and consumer organisations to come together and coordinate their public communications, helping to engage media interest.

Previous Gas Safety Weeks have included initiatives such as tours of home improvement stores to deliver safety messages from gas engineers to consumers. There is a Parliamentary launch event to engage with MPs and key industry stakeholders.

Further initiatives include the GasMap tool, which is an interactive digital map that allows consumers to check how many unsafe gas jobs have been carried out in their area, and offers them the opportunity to sign up for an email reminder about when their annual gas safety check is due.

The Gas Safety week has its own Superhero in the form of Doug, an avatar who appears on social media posts, animations, web banners, and so on. He’s there to promote all the essential but sometimes unsung work carried out by Gas Safe registered engineers throughout the UK. 

Doug has recently been joined by other members of the ‘Safety Squad’ including Leon, an employee of a registered gas business who is qualified to work in domestic and commercial appliances. 

Meanwhile, Aisha works with local authorities and housing associations to carry out landlord gas safety checks, repairs, and maintenance, and Bob is an all-rounder with longstanding service as a qualified domestic gas engineer. Olivia is a sole trader who carries out annual gas safety checks.

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