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When it comes to gas services in the UK, it’s now extended beyond just fixing kitchen appliances. In addition to kitchen appliance repair work, some engineers may undertake central heating installation and repair. This work is highly specialised and engineers must have a Gas Safe Registration. This acts as an official stamp for safety, and by law an engineer must be on the safety register to carry out any installation and repair work across the United Kingdom. This was introduced in April 2009 to replace the previous CORGI registration, which is no longer valid.
It is designed to protect property owners from unsafe work situations which may occur. To receive their registration, an engineer must prove their capability in gas related assignments at the UK’s recognised assessment centres. This allows Gas Safe to keep a record of experienced and qualified engineers, allowing you to check if your supplier is permitted to undertake the work. You should always check what qualifications an engineer has prior to hiring them, which can be done using their unique ID number or ID card.
For further reference, the main points of an authentic Gas Safe car include: –
- Security hologram
- Full contact details
- Issue and expiry date
- The services provided
- Updated qualifications
- Areas of work that they are qualified in
The point of this certification is all about your safety. If an unprofessional engineer does your gas job, you could be risking both the safety of yourself and your property. Gas leakage can cause irreparable damage to property and lives, and if by chance a leak occurs in a building, only a registered engineer will be able to fix the problem. So always remember – whether your searching for installation of kitchen appliances, or simply a central heating check up – always ensure that your engineer is safe and certified to carry out the work!