Gas Safety Origins

british gas safety origins

Gas safety is a vital part of business success. However, it can be a tricky topic to raise at work. So, the question remains: how can we make sure that every business in the UK takes these all-important safety measures? Highlighting the potential dangers and educating people on the origins of gas safety are a good place to start. After all, gas safety is simply critical to ensure the continual running of your business.

The first gas safe register

The UK’s first official list of gas installers – the Confederation for the Registration of Gas Installers – came about in 1970.

The register was established as a result of a gas explosion in London that happened two years earlier. Sadly, the accident claimed multiple lives.

The building tower had just opened its doors two months before the accident occurred. The cause was a faulty joint that resulted in a gas leak, and the explosion happened when a resident struck a match to boil water on the gas stove.

In the wake of the accident, the Government updated building regulations and the gas register was established.

The register was later renamed the Council for Registered Gas Installers – or CORGI as it came to be known. In 1991, law even required that gas businesses and engineers register with CORGI.

Then the Gas Safe Register became the new official regulator in 2009. Today, there are 140,000 engineers and more than 76,000 businesses registered with Gas Safe.

The job of the Gas Safe Register is to keep the list of qualified engineers fully up to date. They also investigate complaints and inspect around 40,000 engineers each year to ensure they are properly qualified. Plus, they run public awareness campaigns, such as the annual Gas Safety Week.

The future of heating

As you can see, the industry has come a long way in the past 50 years to making sure that businesses can operate safely and know which engineers they can trust.

But how about the future?

Heating is notoriously challenging to decarbonise. This means that gas safety and boiler efficiency will have to play an important role in reaching the country’s net-zero emissions target.

For instance, the number of gas boilers never falls below 6.5 million installations under the National Grid’s future predictions. In other words, gas boilers will likely make up a minimum of 20% of all UK boilers even 30 years from now.

This means ensuring the safety and efficiency of your commercial boiler is good for both business and society.


At British Gas, we have a nationwide team of Gas Safe registered engineers. This means our engineers are both highly qualified, and they can easily get to your business, no matter where you are in the country.

Our service and maintenance plans for commercial boilers are designed to make your life as easy as possible:

– All the plans include a free annual service to help you comply with health and safety regulations.

– The 24-hour customer helpline ensures you can reach us anytime.

– Unlimited call-outs mean you won’t have to worry about surcharges.

– And a 12-month guarantee on our work means you’ll have complete peace of mind.

Our service and repair division won the Gold Medal at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Awards six consecutive times between 2013 and 2018. So, you can trust us when we say that safety is important to us.

Contact our energy experts today to find out more.

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