It’s that time of year again. The months are getting considerably colder as we plough through autumn and winter is just around the corner. Candles and warm lighting are no longer fooling us into believing it’s warmer than it is, meaning that more and more of us are reaching towards the thermostat to indulge in a bath of warm air. However, we ought to be careful how soon and how often we’re reaching for our heating systems. Indeed, professionals advise the general public to be restrictive with their heating to prevent inflicting health related issues on themselves and costly energy bills.
Multipanel®, the UK’s leading brand of waterproof decorative wall panels for bathrooms is launching a new initiative to reach out to installers and to make it easier for customers to find an installer in their area who fits Multipanel products.
Around 2,000 plumbers and installers are expected to sign up in the first year of the free-to-join Find an Installer scheme, which initially will include an online directory. Also planned are improved availability of product literature, samples and technical updates, together with a range of other incentives, which the company hopes will encourage installers to keep recommending Multipanel products to customers.
Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of underfloor heating systems, has officially launched a £250,000 training facility to inspire the next generation of budding heating professionals.
The Doncaster-based firm held the official opening of the state-of-the-art Polypipe Professional Development Centre (PDC) at Kirk Sandall in the town.
The facility features specially-designed training spaces to give trainee and experienced plumbing professionals the opportunity to improve their practical skills. It is set to become one of the UK’s leading training centres for professional heating engineers, installers, plumbers and merchants.
With over 600,000 workplace injuries recorded in 2016/17, every business could benefit from employing a dedicated safety professional. Last year the safety, health and environment apprenticeship scheme launched and in this feature Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct, provides advice on introducing a successful health and safety apprenticeship to your business.
Find the right scheme
Outlining the steps to take before onboarding an apprentice, including finding a relevant scheme and a training providerto complete the assessment and certification.
Looking at key considerations like how to secure funding to run the scheme and how the candidate’s hours will be broken down between work and study.
Defining the course
All workplaces have their safety requirements, from building sites to small offices. However, there is still some work to be done to increase employee awareness of workplace regulations.
In fact, in 2016/17, there were 1.3 million workplace illnesses and 609,000 injuries recorded in the UK alone.
While much of the responsibility falls on office managers and business directors to keep their staff protected, it’s important to educate employees on how they can manage their own workplace safety.
In this article, Chris Pendrey will discuss ways businesses can increase employee health and safety awareness:
Risk and reward
Conducting a workplace risk assessment helps you identify the right business training courses
Installers have been given a ground-breaking new way to specify designer radiators thanks to the launch of an industry-first augmented reality app by Barlo Radiators.
The newly launched Barlo Designer Radiator app, gives consumers the opportunity to virtually ‘try before they buy’ – using advanced augmented reality (AR) technology to help them visualise how different designer radiators would appear, in situ, in their home. The app has been created specifically with installers in mind, presenting them with a brand-new sales tool to help them add value when communicating with customers.
Smart central heating systems are part of an emerging tech trend that is taking the world by storm. While HIVE may be one of the higher-profile brands in this fledgling market, it is not the only option for those looking to modernise the way in which they heat their home. Here are just a few of the alternatives.
Now in its third generation, this thermostat lives up to its name by learning the heating habits of its users and eventually gaining enough information to automatically adjust its own settings without the need for constant adjustment.
76% of people surveyed think country of manufacture is an important factor when it comes to purchasing. A survey, carried out by Giacomini UK, explored attitudes toward manufacturing and revealed some interesting post-Brexit insights.
When asked if the country of origin was checked before purchasing building and HVAC supplies, just 19% said that they never check which demonstrates the importance of a products’ origin when making decisions about purchasing.
83.5% of respondents said they prefer to buy products from a European manufacturer with just 8% saying that they would not ever buy a product if they knew it was made in Europe.
Following the acquisition of BuildCert by NSF International, Fernox, the leading manufacturer of chemical water treatment products, will be changing the packaging of its inhibitors to incorporate the new NSF logo. Plumbing and heating professionals will start to see the new branding on its products from 2020.
Founded in 1998, BuildCert is a provider of mechanical and materials certification services for the plumbing and building industries, including the Chemical Inhibitor Approval Scheme (CIAS).
The phased rebrand of BuildCert to NSF International aims to expand the international recognition of products certified by the BuildCert team. While the BuildCert mark is well known in the UK, the NSF International mark has greater recognition across the globe.