Gas safe is the registration body for anyone who works on gas,
be it an individual or a company.
Even the likes of British Gas has to be registered with Gas Safe.
The law states that anyone who works on gas has to be registered with gas safe.
Just because someone is registered it does not mean they can work on all gas appliances.
Each appliance is categorized
so someone who is registered for fires may not be able to work on boilers unless they are registered for boilers.
Every gas safe registered person is issued with a gas safe card,
on that card will be a picture of the person registered, the gas safe number as well as their personal license number.
On the back of the card will be details of what that person can work on,
there is also a section stating the gas type, NG for natural gas and LPG for liquid petroleum gas.
Before any work is carried out, it’s very important to check to make sure that the person
who will be carrying out the work is registered for the appliance in question.
Each year the registered person has to renew with gas safe to be able to carry on working with gas.
Everyone’s registration expires on the 31st March and has to be renewed on or before the 1st April.
You can also double check the person is registered and up to date by visiting the gas safe registered online,
by entering their details you will see everything they are able to work on as well as their picture.
Whatever you do don’t DIY on gas,
by law, you have to use a gas safe registered person, even if it’s connecting up a simple thing like a gas cooker on a flexible hose into the bayonet.
Gas Safe aims to protect the public from rogue tradesmen and unsafe gas work if you have any form of gas
work carried out and feel something is not quite right then contact gas safe.
They will investigate for you.
If you are a tenant then it’s the landlord’s responsibility to have all gas appliances checked within the property every 12 months without fail.
When you take possession of the property you should ask to see a copy of the current gas safety certified,
you should be given a copy on signing your tenancy agreement this is your right.
When you see the certificate check it over to make sure it is still in date.
If the certificate still has 6 months to run, you can ask that the property is checked again, just to make sure everything is still safe.
Sometimes previous tenants have had a dispute with the landlord and may have caused a problem with the gas appliances,
so it’s best to have them checked over, again this is your right.
Should the landlord refuse then you can contact gas safe and they will contact the landlord to discuss the issue.
Gas Safe work with the health and safety and should they come across any illegal work they will investigate and prosecute the person or company in question.