Gas Safe Register has published figures (Registered Gas Engineer, June 2013) showing an increase in inspections / investigations compared to the previous registration body (Corgi). Note: The figures quoted are primarily based on the domestic market (rather than the commercial market).
A key point is that Gas Safe are reportedly checking the quality of work, nationally, in greater numbers – 25% more annual inspections is a significant increase.
They are investigating:
- illegal gas fitters
- consumer complaints
The main focus of the Gas Safe Register is on improving and maintaining gas safety to the highest standards. To that end Gas Safe appear to have ‘more teeth’ than CORGI, who they’ve replaced, or they are simply using them more actively / effectively.
The impact on the confidence in engineers of the general public and trade clients is very positive. Knowing that there is an effective body checking on the standards of Gas Engineers provides increased confidence and raises the profile of properly registered engineers.
Gas Safe set minimum standards and it is always possible to exceed their standards – by doing this and by more rigorous enforcement legitimate engineers are able to thrive and cowboys are driven out of business or further underground.
One question remains though – Where are the numbers for the cowboy engineers who have been put out of business, fined or even put into goal as a result of the activities of Gas Safe?