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Gas Safe (previously Corgi) and Oftec

Gas Safe and Oftec are the respective watchdog's for gas and oil appliances within the UK and offer training to engineers wishing to become gas or oil competent. Both Gas Safe and Oftec work along side existing Building Regulations in an effort to offer more protection for consumers and a more regulated and indeed more educated gas or oil engineers.


Important information:

As from 1st April 2009 Corgi has been replaced by the Gas Safe Register, this will mean all gas heating engineers will need to be re-registered with the Gas Safe Register.


Gas Safe - gas safety


Who and what are Gas Safe?


corgi gas safetyGas Safe are watchdog's for natural gas and LPG safety and have now become the leading authority on gas safety within the UK. Gas Safe pledge to offer the same great service that Corgi provided, protecting consumers from unsafe gas installations and overall safety within the gas industry.



What do Gas Safe do?


Being the watchdog of gas safety, Gas Safe compile an up-to-date register of all qualified engineers and businesses who have all passed their Gas Safe registration training. Random visits to any of the businesses within the database are undertaken to continually monitor the quality of the workmanship and to ensure that Gas Safe's core values' are being upheld. Gas Safe registration is not permanent, every engineer needs to be reassessed every 5 years to renew their Gas Safe registration, thereby forcing every engineer to keep up with the ever changing regulations.


Of course keeping an up-to-date register of Gas Safe registered (and competent) engineers means it is easy to check and weed out any rogue engineers. All Gas Safe registered businesses are issued with a Gas Safe number (ours is 215085) to prove that the business is adept to deal with gas appliances. Every Gas Safe registered engineer is also given his or her own card displaying the competencies that he/she are capable of, i.e. LPG, mobile homes, etc.


corgi cardThe card should display:

- A photograph of the operative
- Their name
- The trading name of the registered business
- The Gas Safe Registered Installer logo with registration number underneath
- The expiry date of the card
- Details of the different types of gas work the operative is competent to undertake. Installers are not - legally allowed to carry out any work not listed


Why use Gas Safe registered engineers?


If you are still not convinced that you need to use a Gas Safe registered engineer for attending your gas appliances or you still think gas appliances are a appropriate for a budding DIYer to undertake please review the following checklist.


You should use a Gas Safe registered engineer because:

  • It is a legal requirement- consequences for not can be severe including fines or even imprisonment, this is especially true for Landlords
  • Piece of mind that the engineer your using is trained to a minimum standard as required by Gas Safe
  • Building Control exemption- because a Gas Safe engineer is deemed as a competent person to install gas appliances and boilers they can self certify their own installations
  • Gas appliance manufacturers may not honour any guarantees unless the appliance was installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • If work is carried out by a non-gas Safe registered engineer in the event of anything going wrong your home insurance company will not pay out

Oftec - oil safety


Who and what are Oftec?


oftec oil safetyMuch like Corgi was for gas, Oftec are watchdogs of oil safety within the UK, Oil Firing Technical Association for the Petroleum Industry (Oftec) are also in partnership with Building Regulations in an effort to stamp out rogue engineers and improve overall quality and standards within the oil fired industry.


Although not as long standing as Corgi, Oftec offer the same core values, excellence and safety for consumers, knowledge and standardisation for oil engineers.


Oftec registered engineers are trained to Government and British standards and should be the only people who maintain, service or install your oil fired heating or cooking appliances.


What do Oftec do?


Again Oftec offer similar assistance to oil safety as Corgi does to gas safety, "It is our mission to promote excellence in oil heating and cooking" Oftec. Oftec keep an up-to-date register of approved oil engineers that can be referred to by consumers and authorities alike to either find an approved engineer or to check the eligibility of an engineer.


Much like Corgi, Oftec also offer assistance to consumers and engineers regarding safety information, regulations and general technical know how. Oftec are self appointed watchdogs of oil heating and cooking and provide the foundation for safer working practices.


oftec registered engineerWhy use Oftec registered engineers?


All Oftec registered engineers undergo a thorough assessment and training program to government recognised standards but if you need further assurances that an Oftec registered is a must please read through this checklist.


You should use an Oftec registered engineer because they:

  • Are individually trained at an OFTEC Approved Training Centre, and their skills independently assessed before they can apply for OFTEC Registration
  • Have their work inspected from time to time by an OFTEC Inspector
  • Are re-assessed every five years to maintain their Registration
  • Carry an identity card confirming the type of oil heating work for which they are registered
  • Have to hold appropriate insurance to work in your home
  • Are able (in England and Wales) to self-certify work for which they are Registered. This saves you time and money, as non-Registered technicians must, by law, notify Local Authority Building Control, or submit plans when installing oil-fired appliances
  • Will leave with you a written statement of the work they have done on your appliance, replacement parts fitted and recommendations for work needed in the future.

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