Gas Safety – Using a Gas Safe registered engineer

 

Gas SafeWhat is Gas Safe?

Gas Safe is the official list of gas engineers across the UK who are registered to work safely and legally on fires, cookers, boilers and all other gas appliances. It replaced the CORGI gas registration scheme as the official gas safety body on the 1st of April 2009. The register currently has over 125,000 certified gas engineers and aims to maintain gas safety to the highest standards.

Any work which involves gas in your property must be carried out by a member of the Gas Safe register for it to be legally compliant. A Gas Safe engineer has been checked to make sure they are competent and their work is of a high enough standard.

 

How to check a company is Gas Safe Registered

Your first port of call to check out a company is on the Gas Safe website, simply enter the 6 digit code of the company you are wishing to check to make sure the are part of the scheme. You call also call Gas Safe direct on 0800 408 5500.

It is also very important that the engineer provides you with their Gas Safe card for which you will need top check the following things:

  1. Their photo – make sure the person doing the work is the person registered

  2. The start and expiry date – never accept an out of date card

  3. The licence number – make sure this corresponds with their Gas Safe profile online

  4. The security hologram

  5. The engineer is qualified to do the work they are about to undertake

  6. That their qualifications are up to date

Point 5 is very important, not all registered companies are certified to carry out all types of gas works – if in doubt contact Gas Safe directly to make sure they are covered for the work they will be doing for you. For help with ID cards see here.

If you are using a general builder or building project manager to manage your work then it is their responsibility to make sure any gas work involved is carried out by a legally registered tradesperson.

 

Reporting of Gas Safe issues

If you suspect someone is working with gas illegally you can report this by calling the same number as above and speaking with someone from the Gas Safe team. You can also report them online by completing this form.

 

Finding a Gas Safe registered engineer with FindaTrade

Once you have posted your job you will be contacted by local gas fitters in your area. We take gas safety very seriously and provide all of our gas fitters with a specific place to display their Gas Safe details in their profile. Use these to quickly check out the company and make sure the details are correct. You should also make sure they produce their Gas Safe card when they first come out to your property and no work should begin until you are fully satisfied that the person is legally registered to carry out the work.

 

The information provided in this article is to be used strictly for guidance only. FindaTrade cannot accept liability for any of the information provided or any work carried out to your property using the information above. We recommend you always check the latest information provided on official websites for the most up to date rules and regulations.