The Gas Safe Register
On the 1st of April 2009, The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI (Council of Registered Gas Installers) as the HSE’s representative body for all things gas. The Gas Safety, Installation and Use Regulations (GSIUR) state that only persons competent to work on gas are permitted to do so. Where this work is for a 3rd party (Ie, for anyone other than yourself), the person undertaking the work must be competent to do so and be registered with an approved class or body. This class was CORGI before April 2009 and is currently The Gas Safe Register.
CORGI was formed back in 1970 as the Confederation for the Registration of Gas Installers by the HSE after there was an explosion at Ronan Point, a 22 storey block of flats in Canning Town on the 16th May 1968 where 5 people lost their lives and many more were injured. Unfortunately, the body, although formed by the HSE was independent, run primarily by the industry and heavily influenced by the publicly owned British Gas (Or, as it was known then, the Gas Light and Coke Company, operating in the form of boards run primarily by local councils).
During this period, it was determined that more regulation was needed and statute laws were developed in the form of the Gas Act 1972. CORGI took care of the registration and monitoring of standards within the industry, developing policy and methods of operation, installation, deployment and infrastructure.
However, when British Gas got split up in 1986, CORGI found itself being influxed with thousands of private companies hitting the sector, monitoring these loads changed CORGI forever and although they grew and responded to the changes, they were still in effect a private organisation and in 2009 it was the HSE that took the decision to implement The Gas Safe Register and bring the monitoring and registration of gas engineers much closer into it’s network, especially as CORGI had started to breach out and start developing schemes for Electricians, Plumbers and Ventilation engineers.
Unfortunately, CORGI, being the private company that it had become, also owned the trademark and logo’s that made up the CORGI brand. This is how we ended up with the Gas Safe Register. Throughout the country leading up to the 1st of April 2009 a huge marketing campaign was undertaken informing the public that The Gas Safe Register had replaced CORGI. However, CORGI carried on trading, causing confusion and opening a hole whereby people were exploiting the public’s poor knowledge of the change.
As UK residents, we all seem to be unable to accept change at face value and for months after the change, we found ourselves constantly justifying why we was not CORGI registered.
Times have now moved on and the Gas Safe Register has been continuing the work of CORGI, working with the industry and the law-makers to regulate and monitor the industry. As industry professionals, N4 Gas Ltd is a fully paid up and registered company with all of our gas operatives being current members of the Gas Safe Register. You can verify our details on the Gas Safe Register website.
Before getting any work done that effects the gas within your home or business, you must always ensure that the person(s) undertaking the work are registered with the Gas Safe Register and ensure that the work being undertaken is within the remit and permitted categories of that particular engineer.
What a lot of people do not realise is that being a member of the Gas Safe Register does not automatically grant that person to carry out any gas work. Gas work is split up into several categories and them categories are there to describe what skills the particular engineers is not just trained in, but verified as being competent in. Some of the different ways in which the categories have been developed are listed below:
- Whether the work is domestic or commercial…
This does not just relate to the situation, but the size of the appliance. You may have a small boiler in an office which would be classed as domestic, or a big boiler in a large house which would possibly make it a commercial boiler.
- The type of gas present…
We use both Natural Gas and LPG in the UK. With LPG being supplied in several different formats (Bottles and tanks, or bulk storage).
- Whether it’s pipework or a physical appliance…
Someone that can work on gas pipework may not be able to fix your boiler. Afterall a pipe just carries the gas, whereas the boiler or appliance physically ignites and burns that gas.
- The physical properties of the appliance…
Boilers are different to cookers, although obvious; all of these different appliances have specialist operating principles and roles to play and someone who connects cookers may not be able to connect your gas fire.
- The location of the gas…
Your home is fixed. But people use gas on boats, caravans and just on the street in the form of BBQ’s – All of these different locations pose different threats, risks and have all been split into their own categories.
With all this in mind, it’s incredibly important that you get the right engineer for the job. We are one of the only companies in London that offer a full compliment of skilled gas engineers that can work on pretty much everything. We even have an engineer skilled in the world of pyrotechnics and operating them amazing flame throwers that you see at theme parks and on TV. We also offer more mainstream services too, like your boiler or the local carpark food retailer.
N4 Gas is proud to support the work of the Gas Safe Register and is actively involved with promoting gas safety within London and the UK. With this year’s gas safety week being the highlight in our calendar of support. Running between the 16th and 22nd of September; we’ll be promoting gas safety awareness throughout the year and with the ever depleting reserves of gas; our work will also involve the promotion of conserving energy and getting the very best from your appliances and gas burning processes.