When it comes to gas installations and appliances, safety should always come first. It doesn’t matter whether you make use of LPG or mains gas for your business or home – your safety and the safety of everyone within close regular proximity to a gas installation is of the utmost importance. This is one reason why the Gas Safe Register exists, and why you need to rely only on a Gas Safe, qualified and competent engineer. Here’s your guide to the role of the Gas Safe Register – and why you need a Gas Safe-qualified engineer.
The role of the Gas Safe Register
The primary purpose of the Register is to maintain the list or registration of operatives and businesses which are qualified and competent to work on or deal with both natural mains gas installations and LPG or liquefied petroleum gas installations in the areas of Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, and Guernsey.
According to Gas Safety Regulations (1998) for installation and use, a gas engineering firm has to be registered in order to legally work on gas installations, repairs, maintenance, and so on.
The inspectors of the Gas Safe Register
In order to make sure that proper gas work is carried out at all times, the Register also has various inspectors who make sure that gas work will be done in a competent and safe manner. These inspectors also handle complaints and perform risk-based inspections. They also collaborate closely with other regulatory bodies such as local authorities and HSE.
Identifying a qualified engineer
Engineers who are on the Register can be easily identified by their card. A registered engineer needs to carry this identity card on their person whenever they are doing gas work, and as a consumer, you are encouraged to ask them to present this card before they can commence work for you. The front part of the identity card will have the photograph of the engineer and their registration number as well as the date of expiration, and the back of the card will show the various categories of gas work which the engineer can undertake, such as boilers, gas fires, cookers, etc.
A new engineer or a new gas engineering business without any prior history would be under a temporary probationary period. The same is true for engineers or businesses which are trying to work in the industry again after a series of complaints or reports of unsafe work.
If you are looking for a gas engineer, whether you need a gas engineer in London or in other areas, make sure they are registered – this will ensure that they follow set regulations and standards for carrying out safe and competent work.
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