Although Alderney’s qualified plumbers are competent gas fitters, none of them currently holds a ‘Gas Safe’ certificate.
The General Services Committee is seeking to address the issue with the help of local tradesmen and the Chamber of Commerce in order to allay potential consumer and
There is no law in Alderney that states a Gas Safe plumber is required for the legitimate servicing and repair of all residential and commercial gas appliances, such as cookers and gas central heating.
“We were made aware that a problem could exist particularly within the commercial sector.” said GSC Chairman Boyd Kelly. “Obviously, safety is our chief priority.”
Although local qualified plumbers are competent and experienced and will have undertaken gas work as part of their general plumbing education, the Committee is aware that ‘Gas Safe’ certification is preferable.
The Gas Safe Register, a measure of standardised competency, replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in the UK in April 2009 and in Guernsey in April 2010.
States Environment and Infrastructure Manager Rich Phelan has surveyed all eight recognised plumbers on Alderney and discovered that the cost of the Gas Safe course is prohibitively expensive for the Island’s individual plumbers.
The Committee is considering four options:
- The States of Alderney operating its own gas competency scheme accredited by Guernsey’s Health & Safety Executive
- Arranging a service level agreement with Guernsey Gas
- Subsidising Gas Safe certification
- Considering recruiting a Gas Safe engineer from elsewhere who is willing to relocate to Alderney
Meanwhile, a short-term solution under consideration is for an accredited engineer from Guernsey to visit Alderney as required on a shared cost basis.