The HETAS Unsafe Situations Proceduce (HUSP) was introduced in November 2018 and has become quickly established as the industry recognised “Unsafe Situations Procedure” for Solid Fuel and Biomass. A process of assessment and reporting which enables HETAS Registrants, Installers, Sweeps and Service & Maintenance Technicians to identify areas of potential risk within an installation following UK Building Regulation guidelines and requirements of UK applicable standards.
The procedure facilitates appropriate action where required to negate the area of risk and appropriately report findings to either relay to the consumer, or evidence as a means of carrying out further remedial works.
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.
When faced with a situation which requires the use of HUSP, the two stage approach has been heralded as very straightforward by many who have used it; albeit on first glance the Assessment Form and Advisory Form may appear fairly complicated and onerous, however this is quickly negated by the supporting document which is available in the HETAS Technical Area (login required) as a download.
Contained within Appendix 1 is a comprehensive list of ‘Common Risk Scenarios and Considered Resolutions’ – A ‘go to guide’ or ‘ready reckoner’ which has been collated to reflect the scenarios encountered by Installers, Sweeps and Inspectors to inform and assist in completion.
Discussions with our registrants surrounding the ease of use of the Supporting Document on line reflect that it would be best used as a hard copy sent out with the assessment and advisory pads, we have listened and this will become available very soon as part of the HUSP pack available in the HETAS Shop.
Further information and supporting documentation as always can be found in the Technical Area of the HETAS website, or call the HETAS Technical Helpline on 01684 278194 (please have your HETAS Registration number to hand).