What is the gas safe register?
The Gas Safe Register is the main gas registration body in the UK, as well as the Isle of Man and Guernsey, which all gas engineers must be registered with before starting work.
The Gas Safe Register replaced the previous body, CORGI, in 2009 and checks tradespeople and businesses wishing to work with gas for the appropriate qualifications and safety requirements. Once assured a business or tradesperson is gas safety compliant, the Register will issue a licence to work with gas.
The term “Gas Safe” has become synonymous with “experienced with gas” but this is incorrect. A tradesperson may have plenty of experience working with gas, but if their registration – valid for 12 months – has expired, they are not Gas Safe and should not be working with gas until their registration has been renewed.
The Register is also responsible for promoting the importance of only using Gas Safe Registered engineers, as well as the dangers of working with gas and running the annual Gas Safety Week campaign.
Cases of illegal or unqualified work with gas are reported to the Gas Safe Register for investigation, who will then refer prosecutable instances to the Health and Safety Executive.
You should never allow a tradesperson to work with your gas supply or gas appliances, e.g. your boiler, without ensuring they have a valid licence from the Gas Safe Register.
All Local Heroes who work with gas have a valid licence from the Gas Safe Register.