Technical Bulletin 14 (B) Working within scope of work categories

Technical Bulletin 14 (B) Working within scope of work categories provides guidance to Gas Safe registered businesses/engineers on industry standards and competence requirements that apply to gas work activities in different environments, to ensure all gas work is carried out by competent engineers holding the correct work categories. 

What is Technical Bulletin 14 (B)?
During the past 12 months, a group of industry experts has been working to produce a new Technical Bulletin (TB) to provide gas engineers with a clearer understanding of the competency requirements they need when working in different environments, including domestic or industrial/commercial.

After many meetings and draft versions of the document, Technical Bulletin 014 (B) – Working within scope – is now complete. This Technical Bulletin represents the upcoming changes surrounding Guidance Note 14.

What is Guidance Note 14?
This is a Standards Setting Bodies and Strategic Management Board (SMB) document which allowed for certain work categories (ACS) to be undertaken without the need to hold the prerequisite core competencies that would normally be required.

An example of this would be a non-domestic engineer holding the CENWAT competency without having domestic core CCN1 (or changeover) to enable them to work on a domestic boiler installed in a commercial environment. Engineers will no longer be able to take the CENWAT ACS without holding the prerequisite core competency or changeover.

What does TB 14 (B) say?
TB 14 (B) explains how competencies work in line with relevant standards. Included is a series of frequently asked questions that explain what competencies an engineer will need to hold when working in certain environments. For example, an engineer working in a school where there are multiple domestic cooking appliances installed in a home economics room would be required to hold a commercial catering core competency alongside CKR1.

This is because the standard covering educational establishments (IGEM/UP/11) states that where multiple domestic cooking appliances are installed, they should be ventilated in accordance with the non-domestic catering standard (BS 6173) and interlocked as per the current IGEM/UP/19.

You can read Technical Bulletin 14 (B) in full here.

Related Articles

Two of the UK’s leading boiler manufacturers have launched new initiatives on World Earth Day (22 April) that highlight the importance of sustainability. Worcester… Read Full Article