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HPM December 2013

Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com GASSAFECOLUMN Staying on top of industry changes Mark Rolfe, customer services director for Gas Safe Register, talks about the range of ways Gas Safe Register is seeking to help engineers stay informed and up-to-date... 2013 has been a busy year for technical changes and industry standards revisions. The year began with the introduction of the new guidance around flues in voids (TB008). Since then, there have been technical updates made to the installation of gas appliances (TB015) and the procedure for checking and recording the carbon monoxide (CO) level and combustion ratio of flue gases when commissioning a newly installed condensing boiler (TB143). Meanwhile, from an industry standards perspective there has been an array of changes. Such as, Institute of Gas Engineers revisions to the standards relating to the installation of meters and pipework and new specifications from the British Standards Institution around the soon to be published installation and maintenance of gas fire hot water boilers, to name a few. Aside from technical changes and industry updates, 2013 has seen amends to building standards in Scotland, with audible CO alarms required whenever a new gas appliance is installed in an occupied property. In addition, 2013 saw the introduction of the Green Deal, presenting a new opportunity for engineers to become certified Green Deal installers through compliance with the Publically Available Standard PAS 2030. The Register understands engineers are often short on time and, considering this is an industry which is constantly changing, staying up-to-date can be challenging. To make life easier for engineers, Gas Safe Register has aimed to go the extra mile and this year, launching a few new initiatives to help. WWW.HPMMAG.COM To combat some of the initial concerns and confusion around flues in voids, Gas Safe Register developed a free online, on-demand learning programme. The programme broke down all the requirements surrounding the revised flues in voids guidance into easily digestible modules. Each module ended with a short quiz, helping to consolidate the information learnt. If engineers are interested in refreshing their knowledge of flues in voids, the online learning programme is available, just log in to the dedicated engineers section of the Gas Safe Register website and click ‘on demand learning’. This year, the Register also launched the RGE app. RGE is one of the official channels where an overview of changes to industry standards or technical bulletins are included. However, as engineers don’t always have a copy of these updates with them, the Register launched the app. The app allows engineers to view the latest technical bulletins and industry updates from their smart phone or tablet, making it a great way of helping engineers get the information they want, wherever they are. In addition to reading an overview of technical bulletins and industry updates, it is important engineers digest the standards in full to ensure they are compliant with any changes. To make getting access more straightforward, engineers can now view complete industry standards from the engineer section on the Gas Safe Register website by logging in and subscribing. While the app, the online learning programme and web access to industry updates are some of the newer ways the Register is supporting engineers, engineers should not forget the technical support hotline. If there is ever a time where an engineer is unsure how to progress with a job, they can speak to Gas Safe Register’s technical support team. The team is made up of experts with a minimum ten years experience, they also have technical manuals and industry standards at their fingertips - making them well positioned to help and offer guidance. A vital element of being a competent engineer is being in the know about the latest industry standards and technical requirements. As such, Gas Safe Register will continue to look at new ways of making staying up-to-date as easy as possible. Ideal Standard shower control For your chance to win this prize, simply enquire to answer A or B in response to this question: The Concept Easybox Slim has a cavity depth of...? A: 34mm B: 43mm Ideal Standard is offering its Concept Easybox Slim shower control - a shallow depth built-in thermostatic mixer, designed to fit into drywall partitions with an internal cavity depth of 43mm. 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