Gas Safe Register is the official list of businesses that are legally permitted to carry out gas work. Every registered business employs gas safe registered engineer(s), who is issued with a Gas Safe ID card. Not all engineers are qualified to do all types of gas work – so remember to check their ID card before any work is carried out.
Purpose of the Gas Safe Register
The Gas Safe Register provides benefits for both consumers and gas engineers by raising awareness of domestic gas safety risks and highlighting the importance of hiring a competent registered gas engineer. Consumers that do not check to see if their gas engineer is Gas Safe could potentially be putting themselves and their family at risk, as the quality and safety of their work cannot be guaranteed. Engineers that carry out gas work that requires Gas Safe accreditation are breaking the law. Always use gas safe registered engineer
Engineers registered as Gas Safe are required to carry identity cards. If you have an engineer coming out to service or fix your boiler / central heating system, it is essential that you ask to see their Gas Safe card before inviting them into your home.On the front of the card there should be a photograph of the engineer, a registration number and an expiry date. On the back of the card you will find the different categories of work that the engineer is permitted to undertake.
You should always use a Gas Safe Registered engineer if you are fitting or repairing any sort of gas appliance in your home or at work. Never attempt to do the job yourself, however good your DIY skills.
Landlords are legally responsible for the maintenance of the gas appliances in their properties. They must also undertake a gas safety check every 12 months – and both maintenance and checks must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Don’t forget to give the tenant a copy of the safety report within 28 days of the inspection.