HHIC issues updated advice for essential work

HHIC has issued updated advice to heating engineers on working during COVID-19 crisis.

“The heating and plumbing industry carry out essential frontline work to maintain the supply of heating and hot water to UK homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. It still needs to operate to ensure people are kept safe in their homes and businesses,” the organisation stated.

Further to updated government direction on the circumstances where people should leave their homes during the current pandemic, an additional advice note has been compiled which has sought to clarify those businesses which should close.

HHIC together with the heating industry has updated its advice to frontline engineers- who are currently still operating. It said these are based on government recommendations, which “change daily”.

Provided that the tradesperson is well and had no symptoms, HHIC stressed the importance of ensuring Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a two metre distance from any household occupants, were followed.

“No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households,” it added.