Today is the day that the Gas Safe Register replaces CORGI as the Gas Watchdog in the UK.
|Gas Safe Register is a brand name owned by the Health and Safety Executive and used by Capita Gas Registration and Ancillary Services Limited, a division of the Capita Group Plc.|
What is the Gas Safe Register?
The Gas Safe Register is the new registration body appointed by the Health and Safety Executive to manage the gas safety register in Great Britain from 1 April 2009. It is a legal requirement for anyone carrying out domestic and commercial gas work to be registered and comply with the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998.
Like CORGI, the Gas Safe Register will hold and manage a register of gas engineers, there to protect people from dangerous gas work. The Gas Safe Register will also assess the competence of individual engineers by inspecting the gas work they have carried out. They will do this to make sure engineers are safe to work on gas. The Gas Safe Register is focused on gas safety and will campaign to raise awareness of gas safety risks associated with using illegal gas installers.
So what does this mean for gas works in the home?
By law, from today (1 April 2009), only Gas Safe registered engineers should be employed to carry out work on gas installations or appliances. CORGI gas registration will not be valid. The 120,000 engineers currently verified under the CORGI scheme are now registering with Gas Safe Register so they can continue to work legally from April. Here on JuggleFrogs we are also in the process of updating our gas engineer details, so you will be able to filter for local Gas Safety Registered Engineers.
Find engineer on gas safety register:
Tel 0800 408 5500 | Visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk
All registered gas engineers will be identified with the new yellow Gas Safe Register logo, and every engineer will carry a Gas Safe Register ID card with their own unique licence number.
What is the role of Gas Safety Register?
Combating illegal gas installers is the primary aim of the Gas Safe Register, to help make Great Britain gas safe. The new scheme will work to improve consumer awareness of gas safety issues and target unregistered gas installers.
Incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained gas appliances are a major cause of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. They can also lead to gas leaks and explosions. On average over 25 people a year die from CO poisoning, and many more suffer health problems from CO exposure directly related to gas. Around 40 people a year are killed or injured in gas explosions – scary stuff.
The message is clear – before you have any gas work done in your home, make sure you check the Gas Engineers Gas Safe Card and then the Gas Safe Register.