We hope you will find our new store a great improvement on the old one and if you purchase valve tags from us, I’m sure you will be as pleased as us that the discounted rates are now worked out online and you do not have to rely on us to manually adjust the prices!
Another improvement is the input boxes for adding your personalised details – there is now much more space and more fields so that you can clearly see all the information you are adding. These are just a couple of new features. Let us know what you think of the new store – we welcome your feedback, good and bad, so that we can continue to improve!
If you do have any problems getting to grips with the new site, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01348 840 675 and we will be more than happy to help out 🙂
In the PHAM News article below, Kevin Wellman of CIPHE talks about how seriously water safety is taken, looking at the level of training required compared with the mandatory level of training necessary for gas installers.
Water safety can often be overlooked or taken for granted, but potential risks should not be underestimated. Kevin Wellman, CEO of the CIPHE, puts the case for a more comprehensive approach to protecting the public and safeguarding the reputation of professionals.
It may be a shock to some that hot water scalding and Legionnaires’ disease is making a significant contribution to the number of fatalities and deaths in this country, on par with, and in some cases exceeding, the number of carbon monoxide related incidents in the UK. One reason for this is likely due to the fact that gas related tragedies in the home and commercial environments has long been recognised and publicised as a health risk. In addition industry has embraced legislation to affect changes that have saved many lives. Water safety on the other hand can be overlooked by both installers and homeowners who often do not realise the potential dangers of not properly managing water temperatures and bacteria.
At the CIPHE, we make a point of discussing water safety issues with our members, manufacturers, consumer organisations and trade bodies. After all, it is the job of the plumbing and heating industry, as a whole, to stamp out unscrupulous work. Only through education and bringing issues like water safety to the attention of the entire supply chain can we make progress and prevent the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of those using hot water systems which aren’t safe or suitable for them – this includes vulnerable users as well as the public at large. What we must remember is that nobody is exempt from the dangers of scalding and Legionaries’ disease, so the only real option is to ensure that the right steps are taken to actively stamp out the risk.
What can be done?
The reality is that there is lots that can be done to ensure water safety is front of mind – namely this can be achieved through education and ensuring that installers have access to relevant safety information and resources. This is vital to helping plumbing and heating professionals keep up to date with the latest standards and preventative measures covering water safety.
A part of this is addressing skills early on. Plumbing apprenticeships 100 years ago used to be seven years long; 50 years ago it was five years long; now there are schools of thought that specify just two years as being sufficient. This decrease in training, along with advancements in product technology, gives rise to the concern that not all of the trade can be fully competent.
Further, when you compare the level of mandatory training gas installers must undertake, for example the 5-6 days of training required each year under the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) in order to renew their licence every five years, unfortunately water safety just doesn’t have the same level of training required. As an industry, water regulations were produced back in 1999 with training happening on a voluntary basis. Therefore, the reality for water safety and training under current schemes means installers are under no obligation to update their skills. This is where the CIPHE and like-minded organisations come in to put pressure on current ways of working and encourage members to make a change.
The CIPHE’s CPD Charter is designed to ensure that skills, based on agreed competency requirements, are supported and met by plumbing and heating professionals who undertake training. The idea is that the public will benefit directly by professionals updating their skills on topics such as water safety on a regular basis. Our view is that professionals may have undertaken training at the very beginning of their career and if work isn’t done to support the ongoing development of skills, the industry will move on without them.
It is evident that a greater skilled workforce for installation and maintenance of hot water systems is needed, which is why I urge trade professionals to become involved with the CIPHE and take advantage of all the resources we have to offer.
For more information about water safety, to request the CIPHE’s Safe Water Guide, and for membership enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 472791.
At R M Labels we have a comprehensive range of products for marking up water pipework and systems; if you need help selecting the right product for the job, give us a call on 01348 840 675 and we will be happy to assist.
We are pleased to announce that due to our increased workload, over the last few months we have been busy recruiting and training new staff so that we can continue to provide the best possible service and the quickest possible turnaround on all orders.
A little bit about our history
Most of you will already know Ray and Linda Thomas, the directors of R M Labels Limited. Ray started R M Labels Limited nearly 30 years ago now.
As a plumber by trade Ray has an in depth knowledge of the industry and with his expertise always to hand, we can help you find the best possible solution when it comes to the identification of pipework. As the business grew, Ray’s wife Linda became involved and they have now been running the business together for over 20 years.
Tash Greenhalgh joined us two years ago and everyone who calls up to
place an order will probably already know Tash; we get many great comments from our customers about how she is always so helpful and cheerful when they call in. With the wealth of knowledge Tash has learnt since she has been with us, she can usually answer all your queries, provide you with quotations or process your orders straightaway.
Our new recruits
To help Tash with her workload, Sophie Jamieson has now joined us. If
you have recently placed an order with us, you will probably have received one of Sophie’s short videos letting you know your goods are on the way, or you may already have spoken to her on the telephone. Sophie is still learning the ropes, so please bear with her if she has to refer to us regarding your enquiries.
Producing your order…
In production we have Harry Oliver and Adam Davies.
We now have a large new unit in Haverfordwest where all the production takes place; our registered office still remains in Letterston.
Give us a call
With Tash and now Sophie as well at the end of the line ready to take your calls, together they can answer most questions.
For help with all things to do with Pipe Banding and Pipe Identification Tapes to the British Standard BS 1710:2014 give us a call and ask to speak to Linda, who will be happy to discuss your requirements, help you understand the changes that came into place in 2014 regarding the labelling of water pipework and help you to choose the right product for the job.
If you require a bespoke product please give us a call, as having worked in the plumbing, heating and pipework industry for many years, Ray is always happy to discuss any new requirements you may have.
At R M Labels Limited we strive to offer high quality products, together with the best possible service, giving our customers a quick, reliable turnaround and so allowing them to get on with the job in hand.
Once you have marked up your customer’s isolation valves and stopcocks, your details will always be at hand for whenever they need to get in touch. Putting the valve tags on all the isolation valves and stopcocks means that in an emergency your customers will be able to quickly contact you and will be eternally grateful if you have talked them through what they need to do to avoid a disaster. But more importantly for you, you will be the first person they call when they are thinking of having any new work done.
We asked some members of the public if they thought this service would be useful and if it was something they would be prepared to pay for.
Here is what they had to say:
If you haven’t used these Valve Tags before, why not try the Valve Tag Special Offer for new customers and have your details printed on the tags for free!
All pipework containing water should be clearly marked to show where the water comes from and whether it is potable or non-potable, to avoid
contamination of drinking water. This is clearly described in the BS 1710:2014 specification for Identification of Pipelines and Services. Below is an extract from the BSI (British Standard Institution) website giving an overview of the revisions that came into effect in 2014:
BS 1710 specifies the colours and other information that should be used to identify pipes, ducts and electrical conduits.
As the last version of the standard was published in 1984, it is long out of date. There was a particular need to update the coding system for the water supply industry, where alternative water reuse systems are becoming more popular – and where alterations can lead to contaminated drinking water if the content of different pipes is not explicit.
BSI has now fully revised the standard. Among other things, the new version:
Refines the labelling system to aid identification
Simplifies identification in building and water systems
Introduces a new three-size methodology to accommodate the full range of fluid services
Removes ship systems, which are now covered in BS ISO 14726
BS 1710:2014 will support the legal requirement for those who install and use plumbing systems to prevent cross contamination.
More broadly the new standard will be of interest to building designers, operators, users and service installers, and a wide variety of associated industries and activities including waste, water, liquid fuels, gases, and refrigeration.
Following on from yesterday’s post regarding reducing water use, here are some top tips we have come across to help consumers save water:
Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth – a running tap wastes over 6 litres per minute.
Purchase a water efficient dual flush toilet, which has a split flush button giving the user the choice of how much water to use – this will be typically 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems which use a massive 13 litres per flush.
Try to avoid flushing away cotton wall or make-up tissues. Not only can these items block the system, simply throwing them in a bin will cut down
on the amount of water wasted with every flush.
A bath typically uses around 80 litres, whilst a short shower can use as little as a third of that amount. But beware, since many power showers may actually use more than a bath.
Switch to a low flow aerated shower head which reduces the amount of water used by mixing air in with the water to still give the same pressure and feel as a normal shower.
Don’t leave the shower running before you get in and try to keep track of the time you spend in the shower by setting a timer alarm on your mobile phone.
Take shallower baths – by running a bath just an inch shorter than usual, you can save on average 5 litres of water.
You can minimise your water use by reusing your bathwater to water your houseplants or garden.
And Another Water Saving Tip!
If you have a water leak in your home, how quickly can you locate your mains water stopcock and isolate the water supply? Knowing immediately where the stopcock in located could save litres of wasted water and also save endless damage to your home. Seeing a Mains Water Stopcock label hanging on the valve will continually remind you and your family of where it is located and if an emergency arises you will be able to go straight to it and turn it off. Many plumbing and heating professionals are already installing these labels as part of their service and putting their details on the reverse of the label, so that the homeowner can quickly and easily get in touch in an emergency.
There are a large variety of products available for marking up pipework and sometime it is hard to know which product is the most suitable. Detailed below are some of the options available to you:
A quick and cost effective solution for marking up pipework that does not require full banding. We have a large range of standard self-adhesive pipe markers to choose from and each marker has an arrow either end allowing you to cut off one arrow, leaving the remaining arrow to indication the direction of flow. You can also add your own text to the pipe markers. Available in three sizes to suit all pipe diameters. The Water Pipe Markers are colour banded for water from the Public Water Supply or Any Other Source and for Potable or Non Potable Water. All of the Pipe Marker colours comply with the BS 1710 2014 requirements. View the Pipe Markers
Ideal if you need to mark up pipework with full colour banding. Each piece of banding is available in three sizes to suit all pipework diameters and is long enough to wrap around the pipe. The banding comes with descriptive text viewable from any direction and includes directional arrows, saving time building up full banding with individual rolls of tape. All of the Pipe Banding colours comply with the BS 1710 2014 requirements. View the Pipe Banding
Pipe Identification Tape
A cost effective way to mark up large areas of pipework. Choose from the comprehensive ranges of 50mm wide text tapes and coloured Pipe ID Tapes. The coloured tapes are available in three sizes and can be used together with the text tapes and directional arrow tapes to create full banding to the British Standard requirements. All of the colours for Pipe ID Tapes comply with the BS 1710 2014 requirements. View the Pipe ID Tapes
Engraved Labels and Discs
Produced using a high quality traffolyte engraving laminate, these products are hardwearing and ideal for use in commercial situations such as boiler houses and plant rooms. The standard 42mm diameter discs come complete with chrome plated fixing chains and are ideal for marking up valves; other disc sizes are available. The engraved labels are available in any size and come with screw holes or a self-adhesive backing. View the Engraved Labels and Discs
These credit card sized durable plastic labels are suitable for domestic use. There is a complete range of standard tags for marking up all of the system’s pipework and valves, including tags for plumbing, heating, oil, gas, solar and reclaimed water. Each tag comes complete with a plastic cable tie. View the Valve Tags
Give your customers peace of mind. Label up their valves so that if they have a water leak or think they can smell gas they know where to turn off their stopcock or gas valve, saving valuable time in an emergency.
And for the ultimate customer service, put your details on the valve tag so that your customer can quickly get in touch with you.