The functions of the CER have been extended to include LPG safety. With effect from 27th June 2011, it will be illegal for any person other than a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) to carry out work on an LPG domestic installation. In addition, any person in breach of the law may be subject to fines of up to €15,000 and/or a prison term of up to three years on conviction.
To become a RGI, persons must meet the requirements for registration as set out by the Register of Gas Installers Ireland (RGII) including holding gas safety certification and appropriate insurance. RGIs are also subject to regular audit, inspection, and ongoing competency assessment by the RGII.
“Bringing the regulation of LPG Works within the scope of CER’s safety function is a positive move for both the LPG industry and for consumers,” says Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte TD.
The RGI scheme aims to raise safety standards by ensuring only competent installers are allowed carry out certain categories of gas works. Only a RGI can guarantee that gas works carried out meet the relevant Irish Standards and he/she must issue a Certificate to customers which will provide assurance that the work is safe.
The Register of Gas Installers Ireland (RGII), on behalf of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), has operated a successful scheme for natural gas installers since June 2009. The scheme now extends to LPG installers, service and repair engineers.