DESK KOHLER MIRA, parent company of Mira Showers, has appointed
Craig Baker as its new managing director – taking over from Liz
Hazeldene who stepped down last month. His career began at Mira
Showers as a design engineer over 20 years ago.
THIRD OF HOMEOWNERS DO NOT
CHECK GAS SAFE REGISTER
One third of UK adults have admitted not checking if the engineer working on their
home’s gas appliances is doing so legally by being on the Gas Safe Register.
According to latest research figures by the registration body, it has completed
2,000 illegal gas work investigations in the space of three years. More than two
thirds, 69%, were found to be unsafe.
In 28% of cases, respondents believed they had correctly verified that their gas
engineer was on the Gas Safe Register by noticing a logo on the engineer’s website or
uniform. Others simply asked the engineer, 13%, rather than checking with the Gas
Safe Register directly.
Findings also revealed a lack of understanding and an assumption that all
engineers are registered, among 40%.
Some of those who let in an engineer without checking their registration
information blamed being in a rush, 15%, or forgetting to ask, among 18%. ‘British
politeness’ also stopped 14% of adults checking if their engineer was on the Gas Safe
Register as they claimed they were too embarrassed to ask, a statement added.
Jonathan Samuel, CEO of Gas Safe Register, said: “Anyone working on gas
appliances who is not on the Gas Safe Register is doing so illegally. Gas appliances
can be dangerous if they’re not looked after, so it’s important to ensure they are
serviced or fixed by someone who is legally registered and qualified to do so.”
In comparison, 18% of homeowners said they checked meter readers’ ID before
letting them into their home, while 14% had consumed a drink given to them by a
stranger and 11% admitted using an unlicensed mini cab without checking whether it
SKILLPLUMB APPRENTICE COMPETITION
Regional heats for the annual SkillPLUMB apprentice competition have been taking place
across the UK.
The competition is returning to West College Scotland’s Paisley campus on June 21,
in addition to heats throughout England and Wales, showcasing the skills of plumbing
apprentices from colleges and training centres.
Tommy Campbell, head of construction and building services at West College Scotland,
said: “This is a fantastic event for students, lecturers and employers providing a first class
showcase of talent from across Scotland’s colleges. We are eager to see what this year’s
competitors have to offer.”
Up to 36 heat participants compete in either the copper pipework or lead work
competition, with four hours to complete a practical task.
Competitors go on to compete at a national final, where one will take the overall title
during an event on 21-23 November at NEC Birmingham.
WORCESTER’S GREENSTAR TO
Worcester Bosch has launched its eagerly awaited Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle
gas boiler – first mentioned in last month’s issue (HPM Comment, April 2019).
The Greenstar 8000 includes two models, called Life and Style, as direct
replacements to Worcester Bosch’s Greenstar CDi Classic. Each have been
made available in black and white high gloss finishes, with combi, system and
regular versions ranging from 30kW up to 50kW.
The range has also been
made compatible with a new
Greenstar Intelligent Filling
System, with push-button
LCD displays to unlock
advanced features through
“It’s been nearly five
years since we’ve launched
a new boiler, the team
has put a lot of time and
consideration into the
Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle
range and we have no doubt
that this will transform
the industry,” said Martyn
Bridges, director of
and product management at
ULEZ CHARGE FOR LONDON INSTALLERS
Last month saw the introduction of
the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
across central London.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,
described it as the world’s toughest
vehicle emissions standard, designed
to help reduce toxic air pollution and
protect public health.
“Our toxic air is an invisible killer
responsible for one of the biggest
national health emergencies of our
generation. I simply refuse to be yet
another politician who ignores it,”
Two ULEZ charge levels have been
introduced for vehicles not meeting
new emissions standards, costing
£12.50 a day for cars, vans and
motorbikes, or £100 a day for lorries,
buses and coaches.
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8 Heating & Plumbing Monthly | MAY 2019 | www.hpmmag.com