Some people think that if you are gas safe registered you can work on all gas appliances.
Each engineer has a gas safe card that has details on the back with details of what they can work on.
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Before any form of work commences you should always ask to see the engineers card.
Should they tell you that they don’t have it with them,
then you should ask them to leave your property and only return to carry out the works when they have the card with them.
The gas safe card is a licence that all engineers have to carry with them, this is the regulations.
Anybody can tell to you they are registered, but until you see the card you don’t know.
If you are unsure about any engineer or feel that they may not be registered
you can go online to the gas safe register and carry out a check. The check will reveal what the engineer is allowed to work on.
Gas safe took over from C.O.R.G.I on the 1st April 2009.
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It’s strange because just as people were getting to know C.O.G.R.I Its all changed over to gas safe.
So what is Gas Safe all about? Gas safe keeps a check on all of the registered engineers.
They carry out inspections on gas work that has been carried out by the registered engineer, Inspections are random
so the engineer does not know if a job is going to be inspected.
When any gas installations are carried out, the
engineer has to register the installation with gas safe.
The customer will then receive a certificate confirming the work conforms to the current regulations.
This certificate will be sent to you through the post, it
normally takes about 2 weeks to arrive, depending on how busy they are. Once you receive the
certificate you need to keep it safe, because should you decide to sell your property will need it for the buyers.
You will be asked for it from the solicitors.
Gas safe is not just for the engineers, it’s also there for you the customer.
If you think your gas works is not up to scratch, you can contact gas safe who will
investigate the problem. An inspector will contact you to make an
appointment so he can come along and check over the works.
If he feels the work is not up to regulation standards or even unsafe,
he will advise you accordingly. If he finds it is unsafe he will make the installation safe.
This may involve turning your gas off at the meter or if possible the appliance in question.
He will then try to contact the installer and ask him to meet him on site to discuss his findings.
The inspector will write-up a report on all of the defects that he finds. The installer
will receive a copy and the customer as well.
The installer will be given the option to put everything right at his own expense.
Once the faults have been put right, the inspector will again visit to make sure everything is as it should.
Should the installer decline to carry out the repairs he can be removed from the register, and told to stop working on any gas appliances. If he carries on working on gas he can be prosecuted and even sent to prison.
Gas safe runs a gas safety week each year, to try and make people more aware of the dangers of gas. if a gas appliance is installed incorrectly it could be leaking carbon monoxide which as we all know is a silent killer. How many times have you thought you could smell gas in your home but never done anything about it? A small gas leak can be just as dangerous as a large leak. If you think you smell gas, does not matter how small it may be, get it looked at straight away, because should something happen you will never forgive yourself.
Gas Safe is all about safety in the home. If you live in a rented property you should have a landlords gas safety inspection certificate, if you don’t then you need to contact the landlord and ask for your copy. This again is the law. Landlords sometimes try to miss a year to save money, but the inspection needs to be done every year without fail. A landlord who avoids the gas safety inspection could be putting your life at risk.
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