A research carried out for the Gas Safe Register has shown that approximately 250,000 jobs each year are carried out by dodgy, unquailfied, unregistered workers on gas appliances, boilers or pipework. One in ten of the illegal installations, once checked, were so dangerous that immediate action had to be taken to eradicate the danger.
Phill Brewster, (Gas Safe Register – National Investigations Manager) says:
”We want everyone to understand that different types of gas work require different qualifications. Just because someone is qualified and registered to work on one gas appliance, for example gas boilers, does not mean that they are automatically qualified to put in a gas fire. If they do this, the work is illegal and potentially life threatening. The work that engineers can legally do is listed on the back of their Gas Safe Register card – it’s so important you check this every time you have work done.
It is a legal requirement for anyone undertaking work with gas to be registered with the Gas Safe Register. Once registered you will receive a licence card which you must carry and present to each customer you visit.