Gas training saves lives

New research from the Gas Safe Register has found that nearly one in five people in the UK have employed a tradesperson to work on their gas appliances without checking if they have the necessary gas training and qualifications first.

According to the study, people are more likely to employ a gas engineer based on recommendations from family or friends, personal presentation and how ‘official’ they look, rather than the qualifications they hold. These worrying findings mean that almost five million people are putting themselves at risk from dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers who aren’t properly qualified and haven’t completed the required gas training.

By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register – the official list of gas engineers who are legally registered to work on gas appliances. This list helps to protect members of the public from unsafe gas work.

Before applying to the register, engineers must hold relevant qualifications and have evidence of competence. For experienced engineers, the most common qualification is the National Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS). ACS assesses engineers against a set of criteria based on best working standards. Once they have successfully completed ACS, a gas engineer can then apply for the Gas Safe Register.

For engineers based in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas who want to become Gas Safe registered, EOGB offers first-class gas training at its purpose-built facility in St Neots. Unlike other gas training facilities, ACS group size at EOGB is limited to no more than six, meaning that all attendees get invaluable one-to-one support and a greater depth of knowledge.

The course runs over four days and is held bi-monthly. For more information visit www.eogb.co.uk/domestic-acs-training-and-assessment.

To book a place, email training administrator Kate Horner at training@eogb.co.uk or call 01480 477066 (option 3).



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