CRU Announces Extension of Registered Gas Installers Scheme to include Non-Domestic Gas Works

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September 17, 2018
  • The scope of the Registered Gas Installers (RGI) Scheme is being extended to include Non-Domestic Gas Works.
  • CRU and Gas Services Industry Identified Non Domestic Gas Works in Commercial and Industrial Settings as an Area of Concern
  • A provisional register is now open on www.rgii.ie and it is free to register.
The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has announced its decision to expand the scope of the Registered Gas Installers (RGI) scheme to now include all installers and qualified professionals working with gas in commercial and industrial settings.

The existing RGI scheme requires any person who wishes to carry out gas works that are to be used by a domestic customer, by law, to register as a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) with the RGII.

The expansion of the scheme to include non-domestic installers will require all professionals working on non-domestic gas works to register to have their qualifications validated prior to finalising scheme entry requirements. It is expected that the new regulation requiring mandatory registration of Non-Domestic Gas Installers will commence in January 2019.

The extension of RGI scheme to include Non-Domestic Gas Works follows extensive consultation with stakeholders and will promote higher safety standards for commercial consumers.

Consumers should only use Registered Gas Installers to carry out both domestic and non-domestic gas works from this date. By using an RGI, customers can have confidence that they are dealing with a trained installer who has the required expertise in gas safety to ensure their gas installation is safe.

Any installers that carry out either domestic or non-domestic gas works after this point who are not registered with the new RGI scheme, will be subject to prosecution. It is a criminal offence for any individual or company to undertake Domestic Gas Works if they are not a Registered Gas Installer.

The CRU regularly carries out investigationsof domestic gas works and has successfully prosecuted over 20 cases in the last three years.

The scope of the RGI scheme will be extended to include Non-Domestic Gas Works in 2019 and will include pipework, space heating, hot water, catering, laundry, power generation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installations.

It should be noted that submitting provisional registration details will not guarantee acceptance onto the mandatory register when it opens in 2019.

The CRU’s Commissioner for Energy Safety and Chairperson, Dr. Paul McGowan said
: “The regulation of Non-Domestic Gas Installers will improve public safety. It will give confidence to consumers that the Installers are competent, insured and subject to inspection to ensure their work is undertaken to the required standards.

It will also standardise the training requirements to become a Non-Domestic Registered Gas Installer. The opening of a provisional register for Non-Domestic Gas Installers is an importance step in extending the RGI scheme.

This is a positive development that will provide domestic and now non domestic customers with an additional level of comfort and peace of mind that the gas works being undertaken is being done by a qualified and registered professional.”


For more information please contact the RGII at 01 499 7998 or visit www.rgii.ie

ENDS

For further information contact:
Karl Richardson, CER Communications and Public Affairs
T: 01 4000800 / M: 086 008 1470


Note to Editors:
  • Under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended the CER has responsibility to regulate the activities of gas undertakings and gas installers with respect to safety. The CER appointed the Register of Gas Installers Ireland (RGII) to carry out this function on its behalf. Any person wishing to carry out Gas Works used or designed to be used by a Domestic Customer (as defined under Statutory Instrument 225/2009 and 299/2011) is already required by law to register as a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) with the RGII.
  • There are approximately 3,000 RGI’s in Ireland. By using an RGI customers can have confidence that they are dealing with a trained installer who has the required expertise in gas safety to ensure their gas installation is safe. The RGII supervise the work of RGIs with respect to safety. The RGII has responsibility for regulating Domestic Gas Works since June 2009. Visit www.RGII.ie for further information and a full listing of Registered Gas Installers.
  • The CRU defines Non-Domestic Gas Works as the installation, removal, repair servicing, maintenance or replacement (or any combination of the foregoing) of gas fittings covered by I.S 820. This will include any Natural gas and LPG installation in commercial and public access buildings at maximum operating pressures not exceeding 5 bar and industrial gas installations at maximum operating pressures not exceeding 0.5 bar, from the point of delivery up to and including the appliance(s) in Non-Domestic premises.
  •  The CRU’s mission in this area is to protect life, to prevent injury, and to minimise economic loss, by means of a pro-active, precautionary and preventative approach to ensuring the safe transmission, distribution and use of gas.
  • Please visit CRU website at www.cru.ie for further information on CRU’s safety responsibilities.
    • Extension of Registered Gas Installer Scheme to include Non-Domestic Gas Works Information Paper (ref: CER/16373)
    • Extension of Registered Gas Installer Scheme to include Non-domestic Gas Works Decision Paper (ref: CER15/244)
    • Extension of the Registered Gas Installer Scheme to include Non-Domestic Gas Works Consultation Document (ref: CER/14/425)
 
Contact:
Karl Richardson
01 4000800