Six free regional seminars are to be held across England and Wales to update engineers on the Each Home Counts review. The events will also provide insight into how businesses can protect themselves from potential boiler warranty and employment status claims.
The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) are working with Fernox, the water treatment manufacturer, and Croner, the operator of APHC’s business and legal advice line, to deliver the seminars.
Graeme Dryden, APHC’s technical services manager, will discuss the implications of the Each Home Counts Review, including potential additional costs, bureaucracy and the requirement to meet another quality mark.
Fernox will be explaining how heating engineers can protect themselves from potential claims should a boiler breakdown occur during the warranty period. Many extended warranties are linked to terms and conditions such as having an annual service, appropriate safety checks being implemented, and the installation being carried out with the correct water treatment levels.
Claire Lopez, marketing manager at Fernox, says: “APHC has said they are aware of instances where boiler manufacturers have taken water samples on callouts for non-system-water related issues, so we are going to advise on what heating engineers can do to protect themselves from potential future claims should a breakdown occur.”
Croner will also be providing insight into what engineers can do to protect themselves from employment status claims from contractors.
Head of associations, Dan Windsor, says: “Attendees will be able to book a free business health check where Croner will review existing policy and procedure documents and provide an overall report on the current health of their business in key areas of health and safety and human resources legislation.”
The seminars will run from 9am to 12pm on the following dates:
- 17 April, Hinckley
- 18 April, Leeds
- 19 April, Llandudno
- 24 April, Woking (held at Fernox headquarters, includes lunch and a tour of the Fernox facility)
- 25 April, Exeter
- 26 April, Swansea.
Anyone interested in booking a place should contact APHC on 0121 711 5030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org