When you need any maintenance work done on a boiler, cooker, gas fire, or any other gas appliances at your place of business (and at home for that matter) you need to make sure you get the best of the best – a registered Gas Safe engineer – to do the work. Thankfully with us that’s an easy thing to do – we’re immensely proud to say that everyone at Adapt Gas Solutions is a registered Gas Safe engineer, and indeed many companies these days hire only Gas Safe engineers. However, that’s not the case across the board, so as a customer you do still need to know how to verify the Gas Safe credentials of an engineer as well.
Recognising a registered Gas Safe engineer
When a Gas Safe engineer comes to your premises they should have an I.D. card, clearly marked with the Gas Safe register logo, the engineer’s photo, and their name. Using these details you can quickly and easily verify that the person before you is who they say they are. However, if you want to check into things a little deeper you can – and rest assured that a properly qualified and registered Gas Safe engineer won’t mind waiting the few minutes while you do so.
To do this you need to visit the Gas Safe website. In addition to their name and photo, a Gas Safe I.D. card will also display a unique license number for your Gas Safe engineer. Entering this number into the ‘Check an Engineer’ box, clearly displayed at the top of the Gas Safe Register website and clicking ‘Find Now’ will bring up the records that the Gas Safe Register have associated with that license number.
These will include a photo and name – which of course should match the details on your Gas Safe engineer’s I.D. card – and can be used once again to verify the engineer’s identity. However, on the website you’ll also be able to see other details not on their I.D. card, including where they live, what appliances they are qualified to work on, and when their Gas Safe certificate expires.
Becoming a registered Gas Safe engineer
For anyone to become a registered Gas Safe engineer, they must undergo a rigorous process of education and assessment, where they are held to the highest standards in terms of safety and expertise. Most Gas Safe engineers will have learned their trade by serving an apprenticeship or undertaking multiple years of training – four or five years is not uncommon in this case – before being ready to earn their Gas Safe credentials. When that time comes, an engineer will be extensively assessed over a couple of days, with that assessment covering every aspect of their knowledge and expertise. If you pass this assessment, then congratulations – you’re now a Gas Safe engineer!
The assessments don’t stop there though – Gas Safe engineers should also be inspected every year by a Gas Safe registered inspector. This ensures that we’re upholding the high standards expected at assessment, and means that when we come to your premises or your site to service or fix your appliances, you can be sure that we’re working in a way that keeps ourselves, your personnel and your appliances safe – and that when we’re finished we leave them in a safe condition for use.
So, that’s why you want to entrust any gas maintenance work you need to a Gas Safe Registered engineer. The excellence that’s expected in terms of what they know about their field, awareness of health and safety, and the measures in place to ensure that those high standards don’t slip really do put Gas Safe engineers a level above those that aren’t Gas Safe registered – and with gas being the sometimes-dangerous thing that it is, you really want those high standards on your side.
Thankfully though, as we mentioned above with Adapt Gas Solutions there’s no need to worry – all of our engineers are Gas Safe registered, without exception. So, next time you need the services of a gas engineer, and you want the extra peace of mind and confidence that trusting your job to a Gas Safe engineer brings, get in touch with Adapt Gas Solutions!