What is the Gas Safe Register?
Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body covering the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, and Guernsey. This body is appointed by the relevant Health and Safety Authority for each specified area. Acting as a licensing body, the law requires that all gas engineers be registered on Gas Safe Register.
Prior to the establishment of Gas Safe Register, the Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) was in operation as a voluntary registration body for gas installers within the United Kingdom. It operated from 1991 till 2009 when the Health and Safety Executive saw it fit for some changes and complete overhaul to be made. The result is that Capita Group was appointed to operate the scheme for 10 years, starting from April 2009 and under the new name, Gas Safe Register.
How the Gas Safe Register Works
Considering how delicate a job it is to carry out installations of gas-operated appliances in homes and commercial properties, it became necessary that only professionals are availed the opportunity to carry out these installations. In order for a business to be qualified to carry out installations, it has to be Gas Safe registered and is then issued a licence to carry out gas-related installations.
Prior to this license being issued, just as individuals need to pass driving tests before they are issued driving licenses, these engineers are mandated to demonstrate their competence in effectively carrying out installations of heating, boiler, and other related systems and appliances. They are also required to provide evidence in the form of certifications. The qualifications presently accepted by the Gas Safe Register are NVQ, ACS, or SVQ qualifications.
With the above mentioned requirements fulfilled, such businesses are then certified as gas safety competent. However, there is a clause that stipulates that every Gas Safe registered business renews its registration annually. Also, the businesses are mandated to update the qualifications of their engineers every 5 years.
Aims of the Gas Safe Register
Just as stated earlier, gas-related installations are very delicate and as such, there is the need for the general public to be fully protected from any form of unsafe gas work. There are several ways through which Gas Safe Register ensures this and they are as follows:
- Making sure that the body constantly maintains an accurate and up-to-date register of qualified and competent engineers.
- Carrying out inspections on installations carried out by any of the Gas Safe registered engineers.
- Investigation of any form of reports about illegal gas work.
- Carrying out public awareness campaigns as far as gas safety issues and practices are concerned.
Below is a breakdown of the regulations guiding the Gas Safe Register. They are as follows:
- Great Britain: The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
- Northern Ireland: The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004.
- Isle of Man: The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 as amended and applied by the Gas Safety (Application) Order 1996.
- Guernsey: The Health and Safety (Gas) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2006.
The above listed regulations cover not just piped natural gas but liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) too.