The HETAS warning label process is currently available to identify scenarios that pose an immediate risk, however there are certain circumstances whereby the installation does not follow the current Building Regulation guidelines or will pose a significant risk under continued use of the appliance that requires a further assessment and decision on what protocol to follow.
With this in mind, HETAS has gone on to develop an industry recognised “Unsafe Situations Procedure”, to formulate a new process in which to identify all areas of potential risk within an installation following UK Building Regulation guidelines and requirements of UK applicable standards.
The procedure will allow for the engineer to identify and take the appropriate action where required to negate the area of risk and appropriately report their findings to either relay to the consumer or evidence as a means of carrying out further remedial works. As with most assessments, the procedure works on the basis of using the engineer’s competence, experience and training to identify potentially hazardous scenarios, however provides effective tools in which to make judgement and evidence the reasoning behind these judgements, and to record with written consent from the consumer.
HUSP encourages an appropriate assessment to be made in all cases, and appropriate action to be taken defined against three classification categories:
- Assessed Risk Low – typically categorised as those installations that have installation techniques that fall outside the current scope of Building Regulation guidelines and relevant standards, however can be seen to have been working correctly without risk for a number of years.
- Assessed Risk High – installations that at the current time of assessment have been assessed and deemed to contain risk but not immediate risk. However continued use of the appliance over time will result in danger to the occupants and/or the property.
- Immediately Dangerous – as written within the current Warning Label process, a dangerous appliance or installation which poses an immediate danger to the occupant of the property at the time of assessment.
To aid installers further, the procedure provides some additional guidance of some of the more common installation scenarios, as well as a guided risk category score in which to make judgement against, and will be continually developed as new situations and innovation advances over time.