31st March 2009


 Issue No.  2009/07




On 1 April 2009, the new Gas Safe Register replaces the CORGI gas registration scheme as Great Britain’s gas safety authority.
By law, from 1 April, only Gas Safe registered engineers should be employed to carry out work on gas installations or appliances – CORGI gas registration will not be valid. The 120,000 engineers currently verified under the CORGI scheme are now registering with Gas Safe Register so they can continue to work legally from April.
How does this affect employers?
Keeping the public safe is Gas Safe Register’s top priority. If someone other than a Gas Safe registered engineer carries out gas work for you, you could be risking the safety of your employees and others visiting you as well as your property.
You can find a Gas Safe registered engineer from 1 April at www.gassaferegister.co.uk – or by calling 0800 408 5500.
Registered engineers will be identified with the new yellow Gas Safe Register logo, and every engineer will carry a Gas Safe Register ID card with their own unique licence number.
The message from Gas Safe Register is clear. Before you have any gas work done, make sure you check the card.
Incorrectly fitted, badly repaired or poorly maintained gas appliances are a major cause of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. They can also lead to gas leaks and explosions. On average over 25 people a year die from CO poisoning, and many more suffer health problems from CO exposure directly related to gas. Around 40 people a year are killed or injured in gas explosions. (Source: HSE Gas Safety Statistics)




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