We know you come across poor quality work on a regular basis. Photos of terrible work are shared on an almost daily basis on social media. One of the positives is that sometimes the engineers are named and shamed online but that doesn’t seem to stop them.
A small handful of poorly trained but legally registered engineers are out there and Gas Safe Register knows it. They are about to launch a pilot scheme aimed at addressing this problem.
The project will bring a more focused way of addressing persistent issues, as well as giving those businesses a clearer and more structured path to better performance.
Businesses who work safely and competently can expect minimal contact from The Gas Safe Registers inspectors due to the risk-based approach the organisation follows. Businesses operating at a consistently poor quality incur a far greater inspection time in comparison.
Additional inspections are expensive and time consuming, something GSR sees as unfair to the vast majority of members who pay their registration fees and do a good job.
The new pilot scheme will mean that the small portion of businesses whose work is poor quality will now receive more focused inspection activity. Focused activity will be triggered by a business’s inspection history, and they will be required to attend a competency-based event organised by Gas Safe Register.
Attendance is compulsory at the event, at which inspectors will test competence in the areas where the business’s inspection history indicates that work has been poor quality.
This should also be a reflection of the training and experience businesses are receiving, leading to better standards from the bottom up.
Businesses will take part in a programme of targeted training as part of the event, through a suite of learning packages created by Gas Safe Register and targeted at specific examples where work has been of poor quality.
Field operations director Barrie Edgar states:
“Unsafe situations is an important area, of which every gas engineer should have a good knowledge. The event will always include a mixture of exercises designed to ensure that engineers can identify unsafe situations and manage them on-site and in accordance with the most recent Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure, before moving on to particular issues of poor quality that have been identified.”
Engineers will need to prove theoretical competence before further site inspection will be undertaken. Failure to achieve an acceptable quality level will be managed in line with Gas Safe Register’s Rules of Registration and Sanctions Policy.