What does it mean to be a Gas Safe registered engineer?
Why is it so important to have a Gas Safe registered engineer?
Gas Safe registered is a mark of quality that shows an engineer’s or plumber’s ability with natural gas. You can find out more about it in this article.
Gas Safe Register is the UK’s official gas registry. They are the only ones who can install gas boilers.
This list allows engineers and legal businesses to work on gas appliances such as boilers and cookers.
The Gas Safe Register has been established by the Health and Safety Authority. By law, every gas engineer must be included on the Gas Safe Register.
You will also need a license issued by the DVLA, just like you must pass a test to drive legally. Gas Safe must approve and train engineers before they can work with gas.
What does it mean to be a registered gas safe engineer?
An engineer or plumber must register on the Gas Safety Register to be permitted to work on gas appliances and installations. The Gas Safe Register lists all engineers legally permitted to work with gas in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man. This includes both piped natural gas and liquefied petroleum.
A registered gas engineer will be able to work with certain types of appliances depending on their qualifications. Both engineers and plumbers were Corgi-registered until 2009.
Many installation companies employ use Gas-Safe registered engineers, such as Eon energy for when they do Eon boiler installation.
Why it is important to register as Gas Safe?
Gas Safety Register was established to protect the public against unqualified gas engineers doing unsafe work. Gas Safe registration signifies that your engineer or plumber is licensed to safely handle gas. This means that you can rest easy if you are getting your boiler serviced by one, such as a Glow Worm boiler service or Vokera boiler service. Legally, they are allowed to do this. This is vital as many people are killed each year by carbon monoxide poisoning, boiler failures, and defective central heating systems.
You have a lower chance of becoming incompetent if you are a Gas Safe registered plumber or engineer. Engineers have a lot to gain from being Gas Safe registered. Many potential customers use the Register to locate engineers. Register Gas Safe engineers can access technical support and industry standards at a lower cost.
So, what’s the Gas Safe Register?
Gas Safe Register protects homeowners, tenants, customers, and businesses against incompetent gas work.
They receive reports from the Health and Safety Executive about suspected or illegal gas work and send them on. The HSE prosecutes individuals and businesses who are accused of illegal gas work.
Gas Safe also runs campaigns like the Gas Safety Week, which raises awareness about illegal gas work.
Gas Safe research shows that illegal gas fitters and unlicensed work can put over one million homes at risk every year. The same research found that 1 in 5 gas appliances are dangerous and should be removed as soon as possible due to unqualified engineers.
These include gas pipes, unsafe gas pipework, gas fires and gas meters. A study revealed that homeowners are not checking to ensure their engineer is Gas Safe certified to comply with regulations.
Our recommended companies only recommend registered gas engineers. All engineers within their network are checked against the official Gas Safe Register to ensure that they have the correct qualifications. Gas Safe registered engineers will be included in any quotations that you receive.
How can an engineer register to become Gas Safe?
An engineer must prove they are qualified and competent to register as Gas Safe. There are many ways to do this. Engineers may have the necessary qualifications or need to be retrained or trained in order meet the requirements. They will also need to prove they have the required experience to pass assessments.
Once an engineer has been registered, they will be granted probationary status. This status is valid for three months. It requires that an engineer keeps records of all gas work, notifies the Gas Safe Register, and keeps records of any completed work.
How do you check if an engineer registered is Gas Safe
Customers can verify whether their plumber or engineer has Gas Safe registration in many different ways. Go to the Gas Safe Register, and select the “Check an Engineer” option in the search field. Enter the number of your engineer. This is the license number that can be found on the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. This card will include a photograph of the engineer and details about their qualifications. You can also text “Gas to 85080.”
- A company’s registration number will be required to verify whether they have Gas Safe registered.
- A seven-digit license number is required to verify that an engineer has Gas Safe registration.
You will receive a text confirming their inclusion on the Register. The registry must be notified if the engineer’s ID card looks suspicious.
Where can I find a Gas Safety engineer in my area?
Gas Safe Register can help you locate a registered plumber/engineer. In the search box, select the “Find by Location” option. Next, enter your postcode or the name of your area. The list will show you contact information for Gas Safe registered engineers within the locality. You can also select whether you are looking for an engineer for domestic or commercial purposes.
For boiler installation, only Gas Safe registered engineers should be used
Gas boiler installation should be done safely for everyone. Everyone involved in gas safety is important. You want to avoid dangerous gas work and poor installation when installing a boiler. You can get a quote from one our recommended installers to ensure that only Gas Safe registered engineers are performing the work.