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CO Alarms Pose Serious Risks

 Aug, 24 - 2017   BlogSafety

A report co-funded by the European Union and the Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE) reveals that over 50% of carbon monoxide alarms tested are posed a ‘high’ or ‘serious risk’.   The Findings Non–profit professional organisation for market surveillance authorities and with officers from throughout the EEA PROSAFE has published the findings...


Safety Alert: Baxi and Potterton Heat Only Gas Boilers

 Aug, 17 - 2017   Safety

Taken directly from Gas Safe Register email: This Safety Alert (SA) provides guidance about a boiler safety concern relating to specific Baxi and Potterton heat only gas boilers. It has been identified that under certain fault conditions products of combustion can be released from the condensate trap connection.   Introduction...


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Know The Symptoms

 Sep, 18 - 2017   Safety

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas which can cause very serious long term health problems like brain damage and in some cases death. This type of poisoning is often caused by unsafe gas appliances which have been incorrectly fitters, badly repaired or poorly maintained. Therefore it’s important you’re aware...


Getting The Right Information & Training on Asbestos

 Jul, 31 - 2017   Safety

If you work in building services or construction there is a very high chance that at some point, you will come into contact with asbestos. If you are an employer, you must make sure that anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those...


Warning: Non-approved Flue Systems!

 Mar, 29 - 2017   Safety

Installers, be aware and take extra caution when ordering online as the number of non-approved flue systems and controls is increasing! Simply put what this means is that some flue systems sold online may say they are compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models, when they haven’t actually been tested, approved or certified. It’s...


Each Home Counts Review

 Jan, 05 - 2017   Safety

In July 2015, the Secretaries of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) jointly commissioned this review.  After a LONG wait the Bonfield Review has finally been released.   What is the Each Home Counts Review? The official...


Christmas Fire Warning

 Dec, 08 - 2016   Safety

Did you know more household fires take place on Christmas day than any other day of the year. This makes Christmas the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to gas safety! 17% of boilers, fires and cookers investigated in December over the last five years have been found to be...


Safe Carbon Monoxide Alarms

 Oct, 25 - 2016   SafetyTips/Advice

A recent investigation by Which? confirms that  1 in 5 CO detectors fail to work. Which? put the CO detectors through lab testing based on the EU safety standard and the results were shocking. It showed that 3/16 devices tested were so bad that, between them, they failed to go...


Hager Product Safety Recall

 Oct, 14 - 2016   Safety

BREAKING NEWS! After identifying a raw material nonconformity, Hager has announced a product safety recall for its 10kA Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs). The raw material nonconformity could affect its function which can result in a MCB malfunction. It is important you check and follow these steps as failure to do...


Warning: Heating businesses are being targeted by scams

 Sep, 14 - 2016   Safety

OFTEC and other industry bodies are warning engineers and sole traders to be extra vigilant after being alerted to a growing number of heating businesses that have been contacted by fraudsters. Fake advertising, training centre scams and phishing emails with fake invoices are all being used by scammers, particularly fake...


Awareness of electrical cables can be lifesaving: Think before you drill!

 Sep, 09 - 2016   Safety

Life can be lost within seconds or terrible life-changing burns inflicted if you come into contact with electricity.   UK Power Networks says the number of safety incidences whereby trades people have accidently drilled into service cables entering properties, or hit the service cables when digging is steadily rising.  ...


Report on CO risk and low ventilation

 Jul, 27 - 2016   Safety

A new report has concluded that there is no increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in buildings with low levels of ventilation provided that the appliances are properly installed and correctly maintained. This may seem like an obvious conclusion to many of you but there has been a lot...


CO Alarms: not fit for purpose

 Jul, 01 - 2016   Safety

A new report looking at the effectiveness and durability of carbon monoxide detectors  (CO Alarms) has shown that over half (52%) of the alarms tested posed a ‘high’ or ‘serious risk’. The issue with the alarms centres around the product’s sensor that is shown to erode over time, meaning its...


TrustMark and Blue Watch hammer home safety message

 May, 18 - 2016   Safety

TrustMark has joined forces with the Chief Fire Officers home safety scheme, CFOA Blue Watch, to promote the assessment and registration of safety features that can be used by homeowners and landlords. Around 15,000 people in the UK are affected by fires and CO poisoning every year, and sadly over...


Occupational Health survey: have your say

 Mar, 14 - 2016   Safety

Occupational Health survey: have your say Employers across the building services industry are being encouraged to have their say on occupational health issues across the sector.   The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Constructing Better Health have joined forces to launch a sector-wide survey...


Are people too trusting of illegal tradesmen?

 Mar, 03 - 2016   Safety

New research by Gas Safe Register has revealed that residents of Cardiff are too trusting of tradesmen and women.   The research (which was conducted in Cardiff) found that the residents are basing judgement on appearance rather than qualifications and skills to do the job. Residents said that the most...


Could we see a ground breaking new Landlord’s Certificate introduced?

 Jan, 15 - 2016   Safety

Support for Industry-led change to safeguard tenants has soared following the success of the Private Rented Sector Safety Shocks (PRSSS) event.   It’s being called a milestone event. On December the 10th a group of MP’s, experts and influential industry men and women joined forces to showcase and promote debate...


Dealing with the cold – Tradespeople in winter

 Dec, 04 - 2015   Safety

As winter gets under way a lot of tradesmen and women will face new challenges in the form of cold weather and icy conditions. Dealing with the cold is tough and we all have to face the struggle of getting out of those warm beds in dark, cold, miserable mornings....


Asbestos awareness training still vital

 Nov, 06 - 2015   Safety

It is still vitally important for gas engineers and other trades people to get the proper asbestos awareness training to prevent accidents when working in at risk properties.   A gas engineer was fined in October 2015 after he removed asbestos lagged pipework without taking any precautions to prevent exposure...


Gas safe – According to survey awareness is still lacking

 Oct, 29 - 2015   Safety

  The other morning whilst on my commute to work I saw a poster on the tube from the charity Shelter. It highlighted the need to understand the problems of safety in rented properties and stay gas safe.   The lack of new affordable homes means people are living in...