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Key Facts

Welding services are pipework specialists and offer a vast array of specialist pipework services carrying out work for many of the UK’s leading industries to extremely high specifications and exacting standards. We provide services not only nationwide here in the United Kingdom, but also throughout mainland Europe. With BSI, ISO9001 and Gas Safe registration, you can be assured that your requirements are in safe hands with a level of service second to none.

 

WSL Gas Safe Services has BSI accreditation and its gas maintenance personnel are all Gas Safe registered.

 

What is a Gas Safe registered engineer?

An engineer on the Gas Safe register has been checked to make sure they are competent and qualified to work safely and legaWSL Engineers are on the Gas Safe Registerlly with gas.

 

How do I know my gas engineer is qualified to do the work?

Gas engineers will often have a range of qualifications that allow them to carry out specific types of gas work. It’s important to check what work they are qualified to do before you use them. You can find this information using our check an engineer service and by looking on the back of their Gas Safe Register ID card.

Every gas engineer carries a Gas Safe Register ID card with their own unique licence number, showing the type of gas work they are qualified to do. Before any gas work is carried out, always make sure you ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card.

 

Why do I need to make sure my gas engineer is on the Gas Safe Register?

It’s all about safety. If someone other than a Gas Safe registered engineer does the gas work in your home, you could be risking the safety of your family and your property. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

What gas work needs to be done by a registered engineer?

All gas work carried out in your home and in certain commercial premises should be done by an engineer who is on  the Gas Safe register. Gas work includes:

  • installing, repairing or servicing a gas boiler
  • installing or repairing a gas fire, gas cooker or hob

 

Are you a Landlord?

If you are a landlord you have legal obligations when it comes to gas safety.
Landlords’ legal duties apply to a wide range of accommodation including:

  • residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
  • rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
  • rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways

Make sure you read our gas safety advice for landlords.

 

Understanding the law for rental accommodation

As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords’ duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:

  • residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
  • rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
  • rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe by a trades person who is on the Gas Safe Register.

 

Landlord’s responsibilities

If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:

  • Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by an engineer who is on the Gas Safe register.
  • Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue.  A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
  • Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.

All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

 

What are the requirements for landlords?

By law, landlords must make sure:

  • pipe work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition
  • that all appliances and flues that are provided for tenants use have a gas safety check every 12 months
  • that maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an business/engineer registered with Gas Safe Register
  • all gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting
  • they provide a record of safety checks to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in
  • they keep a copy of the safety check record for two years

Advice on landlords duties are contained in HSE’s guidance to landlords and letting agents found on the HSE website.