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Why should i make sure my engineer is on the gas safe register?

What is the Gas Safe Register and why is it important?

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What Is The Gas Safe Register?

The Gas Safe Register is the regulatory body that ensures all companies and engineers working on gas appliances are qualified to do so and follow the correct regulations. They provide a list of all qualified engineers and companies within the United Kingdom; also providing qualified engineers and companies with proof of registration in the form of identification cards, Gas Safe Register number and Gas Safe Register certificates.

The Gas Safe Register also investigates any jobs carried out by unqualified engineers or companies, and handles any complaints received from the public about unsafe gas work being conducted. After investigating the cases and complaints they provide relevant evidence to assist in bringing tradesmen conducting work illegally to justice. Another aspect they cover is ensuring qualified engineers and companies maintain the standard of work set by the Gas Safe Register. This is done by inspecting the work carried out to check it meets the standards set and also making anyone on the register renews their membership every 5 years.

Why does my engineer need to be on the Gas Safe Register?

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Legality

The main reason to be certain that your engineer is a member of the Gas Safe Register, is because it is illegal for anyone to carry out work on gas appliances without the correct qualifications and a valid Gas Safe Register number. You could also be liable if you allow a tradesman to conduct any work on your gas appliances when you are aware they aren’t gas safe registered. Therefore we recommend before having an engineer enter your property to ask them for their Gas Safe licence.

On the front of the licence card it should display an image of themselves, their name, their company name, the dates the licence is valid between and the Gas Safe Register number for both them and their company. The back of the card should also detail the equipment the engineer is qualified to work on as different gas appliances require varying levels of expertise. As a result, you shouldn’t just check they have a Gas Safe Register number, but also check that they are qualified to work on the equipment that the job involves. 

Once an engineer has given you his register number you should check this online, as their licence may have been revoked for many reasons but they could still hold an identification card. An example from recent history of the legal repercussions someone can face due to working on gas appliances without the correct licence can be seen here.

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Safety

The safety of those inside and around your property is a major reason to ensure that the engineer on your property holds a valid Gas Safe Register licence.

If work on gas appliances isn’t performed to the standard upheld by the Gas Safe Register, there could be devastating and even fatal repercussions. Some of these consequences are carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and even explosions to name a few; all of which are serious implications that can lead to life altering circumstances.

Unsafe work is a much more regular occurrence than you may have originally thought; the Gas Safe Register conducted a study in recent years in which they discovered 1million+ jobs are carried out by unqualified fitters and over two thirds of these jobs are unsafe. As emphasised by these figures, unlicensed tradesmen leaving properties in a dangerous state is a prevalent problem that should be avoided by ensuring anyone working on your property has the correct licence to do so.

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High quality installation and maintenance

Using a Gas Safe registered engineer also allows you to have peace of mind, knowing that your gas appliances have been installed, repaired and maintained to the correct level of standards. As the gas appliance industry is constantly evolving with new procedures and technology implemented constantly, you want to make sure anyone working on the relevant equipment has the knowledge to do so.

Gas Safe Register licences are only valid for 5 years, with the dates of validity detailed on the engineer’s licence card, giving you the ability to be certain the engineer and company are up to date on the industry procedures and regulations. The licences also detail the level of expertise held by the individual engineer. Showing you that not only is the engineer qualified to work on gas appliances, but they’re also qualified for the specific job in question.

As mentioned previously, even if an identification with a Gas Safe Register number is provided, you should check on the Gas Safe Register website to ensure the licence hasn’t been revoked and belongs to them.

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Worry free

Knowing this information assures you that you aren’t dealing with what’s known in the industry as, “cowboys”. You most certainly have heard horror stories of unqualified tradesmen taking on work that is clearly out of their depth, leaving jobs unfinished or even damaged.

By making sure the engineer attending your property is a Gas Safe Register member, you erase this worry as they have proven they’re qualified to the correct level needed. In the event that anything does go wrong, knowing that the work was done by a Gas Safe engineer covers you in a variety of ways. Firstly, by checking their Gas Safe Licence you can confirm the engineers name and the company they work for, giving you a definitive point of contact to rectify the issue if something does seem wrong once the job is completed.

In addition to this factor, it also ensures that all warranty and insurance policies remain valid, as if any work is executed by an unqualified professional it will likely void any existing policies. This could become very expensive in a situation where a non-registered engineer damages your system, which your insurance or warranty then wouldn’t cover either.

A gas engineer fitting a boiler casing

High quality installation and maintenance

Using a Gas Safe registered engineer also allows you to have peace of mind, knowing that your gas appliances have been installed, repaired and maintained to the correct level of standards. As the gas appliance industry is constantly evolving with new procedures and technology implemented constantly, you want to make sure anyone working on the relevant equipment has the knowledge to do so.

Gas Safe Register licences are only valid for 5 years, with the dates of validity detailed on the engineer’s licence card, giving you the ability to be certain the engineer and company are up to date on the industry procedures and regulations. The licences also detail the level of expertise held by the individual engineer. Showing you that not only is the engineer qualified to work on gas appliances, but they’re also qualified for the specific job in question.

As mentioned previously, even if an identification with a Gas Safe Register number is provided, you should check on the Gas Safe Register website to ensure the licence hasn’t been revoked and belongs to them.

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Worry free

Knowing this information assures you that you aren’t dealing with what’s known in the industry as, “cowboys”. You most certainly have heard horror stories of unqualified tradesmen taking on work that is clearly out of their depth, leaving jobs unfinished or even damaged.

By making sure the engineer attending your property is a Gas Safe Register member, you erase this worry as they have proven they’re qualified to the correct level needed. In the event that anything does go wrong, knowing that the work was done by a Gas Safe engineer covers you in a variety of ways. Firstly, by checking their Gas Safe Licence you can confirm the engineers name and the company they work for, giving you a definitive point of contact to rectify the issue if something does seem wrong once the job is completed.

In addition to this factor, it also ensures that all warranty and insurance policies remain valid, as if any work is executed by an unqualified professional it will likely void any existing policies. This could become very expensive in a situation where a non-registered engineer damages your system, which your insurance or warranty then wouldn’t cover either.

How to spot a fake?

Now you may be asking, can a Gas Safe Register licence be faked? Of course, in today’s age of advancing technology anything can be subject to fraud, but the Gas Safe Register has made it easy to combat any fraudulent attempts to replicate their licence. Each engineer and company are given a unique Gas Safe Register number, both of which should be displayed on their licence card. If these numbers are legitimate you will be able to search them on the Gas Safe Register website, it will then detail the name and company of who these numbers belong to.

Some people may find that the details don’t match the ones they were given by the engineer or company e.g. a different company name or a different name for the engineer assigned that number. When this is the case, you should suspend any work from commencing and research the instance further by calling the Gas Safe Register on 0800 111 999. Always double check with your engineer if they have been subcontracted, if so this may result in a different company name appearing on their register details rather than the company you originally contacted.

Alternatively, if you want to sleep easy knowing your engineer is definitely a Gas Safe Register licence holder you can call CGBS at any time using our free 24/7 customer service helpline on 0207 9989 005. All our engineers are fully qualified and are individually a part of the Gas Safe Register as is our company (Gas Safe Register number: 638949).

Whilst on the topic of legislation and regulations, you may find it useful to read up on what certification do commercial boilers need and what are the part L building regulations updates from 2022.