Corgi and Plumb Centre Say No to Cowboy Plumbers

Corgi and Plumb Centre have partnered up to back a gas safety initiative that would limit un-registered plumbers’ ability to buy and install gas boilers and parts. Plumb Centre and Parts Centre, both part of the world’s largest plumbing and heating supplier, Wolseley Group, are backing an initiative which was developed in partnership with Corgi (Council for Registered Gas Installers, UK) to crack down on ‘cowboy’ plumbers.

As of the beginning of 2008, Wolseley’s hundreds of Plumb Centre and Parts Centre across the country will limit the sale of safety critical gas parts to Corgi-registered plumbers and heating engineers, in order to raise safety standards in the plumbing and heating industry. Plumbers visiting a Wolseley branch will be asked to bring along their plumber’s Corgi card in order to buy safety critical gas parts (such as gas boilers of parts). Plumbers showing their Corgi card will further enhance the drive to improve safety standards in the plumbing and heating industry.

Corgi inspector said: “This is a great idea and it provides an opportunity for plumbers and heating engineers around the country to help up help them by halting the sale of boilers and gas safety parts to illegal plumbers and installers who are not Corgi registered. We hope more plumbing and heating merchants would follow Wolseley’s example.

Wolseley’s Parts Centre brand marketing manager said: “This is the first time a plumbing and heating merchant has teamed up with Corgi to restrict the sale of specified plumbing and heating parts in order to promote safety.
“This decision hasn’t been taken lightly, and by restricting the sale of safety gas parts to Corgi registered plumbers, we are demonstrating our commitment to safety in the plumbing and heating industry”.