1.1 Why register to work on Natural Gas?
Because, it has now become a requirement under Irish law.
1.2 What Irish Law applies?
Under the provisions of the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (the
'Act'), the Commission for Energy Regulation (the 'Commission') has the
responsibility "to regulate the activities of natural gas undertakings and natural
gas installers with respect to safety. As required under the Act, the Commission will discharge this responsibility through the establishment and implementation of a natural gas safety regulatory framework (the 'Framework').
1.2.1 How does this Law apply to gas installers?
As part of the regulatory framework the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has committed to developing a comprehensive system for the regulation of the activities of natural gas installers with respect to safety which will incorporate "a system for the regulation, certification, ongoing inspection of the work and assessment of competence of individual trained natural gas installers"
1.2.2 How does 'a system of regulation' work?
The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has developed and published a Criteria Document (Ref. CER /08/130) which sets out how the natural gas installer safety regime will operate and be governed. The 2006 Act provides that the Criteria Document relates to gas safety supervision, safety standards to be achieved and maintained by gas installers and the procedures to be operated by the Gas Safety Supervisory Body (GSSB).
1.2.3 What is in the Criteria Document?
The Criteria Document guides the adherence to the provisions of the Framework. The aim of the Criteria Document is to facilitate the achievement of a stable and robust regulatory system that adheres to legislative requirements and sets out clear and transparent rules for the Gas Safety Supervisory Body (GSSB), the Registered Gas Installer and other relevant parties under the Regulatory System.
Note The full text of the Criteria Document CER/08/130 is available at : http://www.cer.ie
1.3 Who is RGII?
The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has appointed the RGII as the Gas Safety Supervisory Body (GSSB).The company called the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII) (a wholly owned subsidiary of RECI) a company limited by guarantee, has been formed with the sole purpose of operating as the GSSB on behalf of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and is now solely responsible for registering gas installers in Ireland.
1.4 When does registration begin?
Registration for Domestic Gas Installers begins on the 05th of January 2009.
1.4.1 Who should register?
As the law states 'every individual' who works on the installation, repair or maintenance of domestic Natural Gas installation should register. Domestic Gas Installations means Natural Gas installations included in the scope of I.S. 813.