Gas work could be deadly if completed by an unqualified engineer. It can lead to fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, and faulty installations. It is therefore imperative that you use an engineer that is Gas Safe registered.
What is a Gas Safe Engineer?
An engineer or a plumber who is gas safe registered means that they are qualified and legally allowed to work on natural gas and LPG appliances. Don’t get mixed up between the term plumbers and gas engineer as there is actually a big difference. Plumbers normally focus on repairing pipes and water supply and often do not undergo formal gas safety training but can qualify mostly by experience. Gas specialised engineers are required by law to hold formal qualifications to ensure gas safety and be on the Gas Safe Register. Each engineer must have an assessment every 5 years which involves a week of training and assessment to prove competency and remain on gas safe register.
How do I know if an Engineer is Gas Safe?
It is important as a customer to make sure that the person you’re hiring is on the Gas Safe Register. We would recommend that you check the Gas Safe Register’s website. You will need the licence number which you can find on the Engineers ID card, and many will have it listed as an accreditation on their own website. By checking the Engineers ID card, it will give you the date of expiry and what they are qualified to work on.
Where can I find out more information about the Gas Safety?
If you go onto the Gas Safe Register website (www.gassaferegister.co.uk) or call 0800 408 5500