Back in 2007, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) conducted a review of the domestic gas safety regime and identified a case for change. The gas registration scheme needed modernising, for the benefit of both the public and gas engineers. The purpose of the new scheme would be to carry out gas engineer registration and inspection to assure the UK’s gas safety and to raise awareness of gas safety issues amongst the general public. The HSE selected Capita to administer this new registration scheme – Gas Safe Register.
The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas businesses who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances. As well as administering the scheme we also check the competence of engineers through a team of gas safety inspectors and promote awareness of gas safety and the Register to consumers across the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey.
We opened for business in January 2009 having completed the first phase of the system and web development in just three months. Full operation of the scheme began on 1 April 2009.
Capita has been delivering this service since 2009 and, since launch, the number of engineers registered has risen from 120,000 to over 135,000 and the number of businesses from 58,000 to more than 75,000. Gas Safe Register has developed its brand to build trust; undertaken significant gas safety awareness campaigns for the general public; handled 2.8 million calls to the helpline; and carried out around 40,000 inspections annually to ensure gas work is safe.
In 2019, HSE renewed the contract with us. As part of the new contract, we will deliver a new digital platform and further improvements to the technology delivering the electronic register, as well as an enhanced contact centre, website and mobile application. We will also increase inspections of gas installations and drive broader consumer awareness of gas safety.