Our industry is safer, say gas engineers

Gas Safe Register has published its Decade Review: a detailed insight into the perspectives of those who work throughout the gas industry.

The report was commissioned last year by Gas Safe Register and carried out by leading independent market research company Accent. Nearly 3,000 people and organisations took part, more than 95 per cent of whom are Gas Safe registered engineers. They gave their thoughts and opinions on a whole range of topics, including safety, the challenges they face, and training and competence – and what the future might hold.

With input from gas engineers, stakeholders and consumers during focus groups, in-depth telephone interviews, and an online survey completed by nearly 4 per cent of the UK’s registered gas engineers, the Decade Review uncovers where there is consensus and strongly held beliefs, along with divergent opinions within the industry.

The majority of gas engineers say the past decade has been characterised by improvements in safety, significant advances in technology, and Gas Safe Register becoming the registration body. But some are worried about the challenges ahead, that the industry is becoming fragmented, and that training standards are falling.

Gas Safe Register chief executive Jonathan Samuel says: “Gas Safe Register commissioned the Decade Review to give a voice to the entire industry, from the many sole traders to the training bodies and manufacturers to the big energy companies. It gave each specialist sector in the industry the opportunity to reflect on their experience and share their often strongly held views and perspectives.

“The UK’s gas industry has seen many changes over the past decade: more registered engineers, tougher penalties for health and safety offences, new technologies, and innovation are all helping to keep the public safe and warm. But what does the industry believe it needs and wants now? The Decade Review sets out to answer these and many more questions.”

You can download the full Decade Review here: TheDecadeReview

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