The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has launched a gas safety label to be placed on packaging by members of its boiler manufacturers group.
The label, released to coincide with Gas Safety Week (16-22 September), has been signed off by the Gas Safe Register, Health and Safety Executive and The Register of Gas Installers of Ireland.
HHIC director Stewart Clements said: “Every person working in the gas industry has a responsibility to help raise awareness with consumers of the dangers and risk involved, in allowing somebody who is not trained, qualified, registered or insured, to work on any gas installation.
“HHIC boiler manufacturer members made this pledge, to place the Gas Safety messaging on boiler packaging, to show their commitment to continually raising Gas Safety awareness, and making it harder for unregistered ‘installers’ to operate in the industry.
“Awareness of gas safety is absolutely vital. A third (33%) of UK adults admit they’ve not checked if engineers they’ve let into their home to work on gas appliances are on the Gas Safe Register.
“This prominent gas safety message for boiler packaging will now be rolled out by our members and will serve as a reminder to consumers to ensure that all gas appliances must be fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer – something which can easily be checked online through the Gas Safe register, or Registered Gas Installer, or in person by checking their ID card.”