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Thu 6th Jan 2011

Gas Safe Register Ensures Gas Training Works


It was only in 1994 that the government in the UK started to regulate gas training for the first time. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) regulations were introduced at this late point to try to address the potential for danger caused by unqualified people performing gas work without either knowledge or supervision to ensure a good job is done.


In 1994 it became necessary for gas workers to pass exams and to get certificated and for any company, person or business, charging money for any gas work to be Gas Safe Registered (previously known as CORGI registered). If you are looking to get any gas work done then you must ensure that the tradespeople you use are listed on the Gas Safe register. It is the only official list of gas engineers; those on it are the only people that are entitled to carry out work on gas equipment including hobs, ovens, fires and boilers.


Badly or incorrectly installed and maintained equipment can lead to death through carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, it is undetectable by smell and it is invisible. Prolonged or severe exposure to it can result in death. To avoid this worry you need to make sure that any gas engineers that work in your house or in your place of business are properly qualified.


Every fully trained engineer will carry a Gas Safe Register card to prove that they have taken full gas training. You should ask to see their card and check the photo is correct, the license is in date, take down the licence number and examine the hologram. On the back of the card you can see the type of work that your gas engineer is trained to carry out.


If you are unsure you should call the Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500, they will be able to tell you if you are dealing with a legitimate gas engineer.