CIPHE pleased with key worker recognition amid expanded testing

Kevin Wellman CIPHE
Kevin Wellman

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) said expanding coronavirus testing was good news for those who may be self-isolating due to personal or household symptoms.

It noted that this week Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care, recognised the vital role emergency plumbers are playing and rolled out further testing for those in the construction and plumbing industry.

In his speech, he was quoted as saying: “From construction workers to emergency plumbers, from research scientists to those in manufacturing, the expansion of access to testing will protect the most vulnerable and help keep people safe.”

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the CIPHE, added: “We have known for a long time the critical role plumbers play in society. Plumbing and heating engineers have been on the front line, protecting households from emergencies during the pandemic. It is really positive to see our government publicly recognise the impact of plumbers and the plumbing industry in these trying times.

“For our members and the sector at large, the ability to access testing is vital. Not only does it protect consumers and the vulnerable, but it also alleviates some of the financial pressures being faced by those who cannot work due to potential symptoms.

“As ever, we would urge any member of the public requiring emergency works to contact a CIPHE registered engineer via our website at”

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