How to check your Gas Safe Engineer is Gas Safe Registered.

Fireplace.co.uk advice sheet how to check your gas safe engineer is gas safe registered

Gas engineers across the UK are Gas Safe registered but the question remains, WHY? Why does your gas engineer need to be gas safe registered. Being Gas safe registered is far more than just a logo on a van. Featured in this article find out…

Gas Safe Register

Why a Gas Safe Registered Engineer must be Gas Safe Registered
Gas can be a volatile substance if treated incorrectly. Find out why it is important that gas installations adhere to Gas Safe Regulations.

How to identify if your chosen Gas Engineer is on the Gas Safe Register.
Learn how to identify a genuine Gas Safe Registration card and check that your chosen engineer is registered on the Gas Safe Register.

Find the Gas Safe Register Contact Number and further contact details
Find the Gas Safe Register contact number and further details that will put you in touch with the right people relative to your area.

We at Fireplace.co.uk strongly recommend before you have any gas work carried out, a service or installation of a gas appliance, boiler or fire, that you use a professional gas engineer. Gas can be a volatile, harmful substance if installed incorrectly resulting in potentially fatal, dangerous home improvement work.

Dangerous home improvement work can include things such as building around or over a flue extraction for boiler or fire. This can result in a build-up of dangerous combustible gasses or potential carbon monoxide poisoning. In some cases it is clear to see that a gas safe registered engineer is required. However in other cases the expertise of a gas engineer may be overlooked.

The Gas safe register advises that if you are unsure, suspect or just want to put your mind at rest, you should call a gas safe registered engineer and book a gas safety inspection. A gas safe engineer will be able to inspect your existing appliance to certify weather its function has been affected by new building work and certify whether it is safe to use.

Since 2008 In accordance with the law within the UK including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man all legitimate gas engineers must be Gas Safe registered and will carry a Gas Safe Registration Card. See an example of a genuine gas safe registration ID card in the picture below.

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Make sure the engineer is the person on the card and represents the company you have employed to carry out the work. You will find on the back of the Gas Safe ID card a list of competencies that the gas engineer is qualified to work on and their expiry date. You can check the authenticity of the identification card by checking the hologram and the license number.

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The license number can be verified by telephoning the free phone number 0800 408 5500 or texting Gas and the engineers license number to 85080 and you will receive a text back confirming the engineers license number is registered or not. Your mobile phone provider may charge a standard network charge to use this text service. Alternatively you may prefer to use the online check an engineer service.

You can also check that the company the engineer works for is Gas Safe registered. The free phone number  is 0800 408 5500, alternatively text Gas and the unique business registration number found on the engineers identification card to 85080 to check the business is Gas Safe registered. 

If you check the business online you will be given information on the types of work they are entitled to carry out e.g. Gas fires, central heating boilers cookers etc and the types of gas they are qualified to work with e.g. LPG (bottled gas) and/or natural gas. If you find any discrepancies with the engineers license, or the business details of the company, please report them to Gas Safe on 0800 408 5500 or online at http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/help/report_an_illegal_gas_engineer.aspx

The Gas safe register conducts regular assessments of their engineers and inspections of homes where faulty gas work has been reported. The gas safe register actively aims to reduce the amount of unsafe gas works that are carried out in the UK and seeks to take action against those engineers who operate illegally.

Important Gas Safe Register contact details

Gas Safe Register free phone number: 0800 408 5500, www.gassaferegister.co.uk

HSE Great Britain (HSE): 0800 300 363, www.hse.gov.uk

HSE Northern Ireland (HSENI): 0800 0320 121, www.hseni.gov.uk

Health And Safety At Work Isle of Man (HSWI): 01624 685881, www.gov.im

HSE Guernsey: 01481 234567, www.hse.gg
 

by Phil Cleaver

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