Public Liability Insurance to Tradesmen – Change in Regulation
Wed Feb 21 2018
CRU Announces Extension of Registered Gas Installers Scheme to include Non-Domestic Gas Works
- The scope of the Registered Gas Installers (RGI) Scheme is being extended to include Non-Domestic Gas Works.
- CRU and Gas Services Industry Identified Non Domestic Gas Works in Commercial and Industrial Settings as an Area of Concern
- A provisional register is now open on rgii.ie and it is free to register.
The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has announced its decision to expand the scope of the Registered Gas Installers (RGI) scheme to now include all installers and qualified professionals working with gas in commercial and industrial settings.
The existing RGI scheme requires any person who wishes to carry out gas works that are to be used by a domestic customer, by law, to register as a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) with the RGII.
The expansion of the scheme to include non-domestic installers will require all professionals working on non-domestic gas works to register to have their qualifications validated prior to finalising scheme entry requirements. It is expected that the new regulation requiring mandatory registration of Non-Domestic Gas Installers will commence in January 2019.
The extension of RGI scheme to include Non-Domestic Gas Works follows extensive consultation with stakeholders and will promote higher safety standards for commercial consumers.
The extension of the scheme follows a number of serious incidents, including the tragic death following a gas explosion in a launderette in Killarney in 2013.
Consumers should only use Registered Gas Installers to carry out both domestic and non-domestic gas works from this date. By using an RGI, customers can have confidence that they are dealing with a trained installer who has the required expertise in gas safety to ensure their gas installation is safe.
Any installers that carry out either domestic or non-domestic gas works after this point who are not registered with the new RGI scheme, will be subject to prosecution. It is a criminal offence for any individual or company to undertake Domestic Gas Works if they are not a Registered Gas Installer. The CER regularly carries out investigations of domestic gas works and has successfully prosecuted over 20 cases in the last three years.
The scope of the RGI scheme will be extended to include Non-Domestic Gas Works in 2019 and will include pipework, space heating, hot water, catering, laundry, power generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installations.
It should be noted that submitting provisional registration details will not guarantee acceptance onto the mandatory register when it opens in 2019.
The CRU’s Commissioner for Energy Safety and Chairperson, Dr. Paul McGowan said: “The regulation of Non-Domestic Gas Installers will improve public safety. It will give confidence to consumers that the Installers are competent, insured and subject to inspection to ensure their work is undertaken to the required standards.
It will also standardise the training requirements to become a Non-Domestic Registered Gas Installer. The opening of a provisional register for Non-Domestic Gas Installers is an importance step in extending the RGI scheme.
This is a positive development that will provide domestic and now non domestic customers with an additional level of comfort and peace of mind that the gas works being undertaken is being done by a qualified and registered professional.”
For more information please contact the RGII at 01 499 7998 or visit www.rgii.ie