Setting the Standard

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by Alun

Setting the Standard

HETAS is currently represented/lead on a number of external technical committee groups to allow for influence of technical discussion, with the aim of supporting a positive growth in the safety and quality of the industry, as well as developing resolution to common known issue causing challenges and barriers to industry activity. Read more

HETAS prioritises itself to;

  • Concentrate on areas that give the industry most concern and using technical forums to agree what these are
  • Look at which of the relevant stakeholders can give best quality input into each of these recorded issues
  • Form time limited sub-committee groups to solve and instigate work projects to solve each issue
  • Ensuring focus is in place and resources managed appropriately to meet the required deadlines
  • Continually communicate with members and report statistics and updates on work projects where required and review outcomes

Below is a complete list of committee groups that HETAS prides itself with being involved with, in support of not only HETAS objectives but those of the wider industry and ensuring continued improvement in the safe installation and use of solid fuel appliances, systems, chimneys and flues and their maintenance;

Committee RepresentationSectorManaged ThroughAffiliated PositionWork Items include
HETAS Technical CommitteeSolid Fuel IndustryAssociationHETASChairman• General discussion on industry developments and updates to industry relevant standards
• Development of industry documents/messages for resolution to issues and provide further information
• Main source of communication, to ensure view-points are agreed and the same messages are being relayed throughout entire industry
SIA Technical CommitteeSolid Fuel Appliance ManufacturerSIAMember• Ability to work in partnership with manufacturer industry
• Continued promotion of highly efficient, clean burning appliances in support of Government initiatives and improving air quality
• Lobby and influence government on legislation affecting stoves
B/506 Mirror CommitteeUK Chimney StandardsBSIUK Expert• Influence on matters relating to UK Chimney test standards fed from TC166
• Offer support and the UK’s view on standard and legislation development
• Updates mean more control on inputs for HETAS chimney approval services
BFCMA Technical CommitteeAll Fuel Chimney ManufacturerBFCMAMember• Ability to work in partnership with chimney industry
• Promote the efficient and safe use of natural draught chimneys
• Aid in resolution of some of the more common chimney issues experienced
CO All Fuels Action Forum- Science GroupAll Fuel CO DetectionPolicy ConnectMember• Covers general safety matters relating the safety and emission of harmful substances
• Our representation covers solid fuel activity which is of paramount important against our objectives relating to safety
• Development of documentation to improve consumer awareness on the importance of CO safety
Hot Water Association Technical GroupAll Fuel Heating & Hot WaterHot Water AssociationMember• Ability to work in partnership with Hot Water Industry
• Work in unison on developments affecting solid fuel hot water storage
• Reciprocal communication in identifying areas of issue amongst solid fuel enquiries
RHE-28 Mirror CommitteeUK Installation & Test StandardsBSIChairman• Development of standards work including BS8303, BS 6762
• The UK mirror committee for TC295 allowing access to future mandate and standardisation request information
• Providing continued support and expressing the UK’s view at EU level
RHE/28/0-/01 Recreational CraftUK Boat Installation & SafetyBSIChairman• Development of solid fuel standards relating to installation of appliances on small craft (boats)
• Development of applicable standards including BS 8511
• Addressing information that can be fed back to associations to develop additional guidance, training and procedures
RHE/28/02 Smoke Assessment in Domestic Equipment & ChimneysUK Smoke Testing & SafetyBSIChairman• Responsible for development of British Standards in the field of determining smoke emissions in domestic equipment and chimneys
• Ensuring technical discussion and input into EU developments, representing the UK’s view.
TC295 WG5 – Test MethodsEU Appliance StandardsEU CommissionUK Expert• Development of the unified EN-PME test procedure for emission measurements
• Continual monitoring of appliance test methodology and its success in practice
TC295 WG6 – Ecodesign MEU Appliance StandardsEU CommissionUK Expert• Answer to the Ecodesign method for test performance methods including prEN16510 series
• Ensuring new test method criteria meets expectation and legal aspects of government departments including DEFRA, DCLG etc.
Fuel Industry AssociationAll Fuel AssociationFIAMember• Covering consultation of comments for new energy and performance requirements including UK Building Regulations & SAP
• Communication and influence with government departments on ensuring industry requirements remain robust and fair

In addition to this standards work HETAS has been instrumental in the recent development of Guidance on best practice for the safe installation, operation and maintenance of solid fuel fired catering equipment in commercial premises in partnership with ceda.

Mike Harvey, HETAS Training & Technical Manager, has also been appointed on to the Building Services T-Level Panel; one of the first three new T-Levels announced recently by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening. Mike also sits on the CIBSE panel, representing HETAS for the sector on Solid Fuel and biomass.

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