Gas Safety Superhero

Back in December 2016 we posted about the Gas Safety Superheroes and following on from this, we saw the article below in last month’s HVP about Peter Booth (@pbplumber on Twitter) who came up with the hashtag #regardthecard for the Gas Safety Superheroes campaign.

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Here is HVP’s article on Peter:

A Good Influence

Peter Booth is a third-generation plumber, but the first in his family to explore a new side of plumbing through social media. Originally just tempted to pop a few pictures of his work online for other tradespeople to check out, Mr Booth was pulled in by the sense of community and the opportunity to get a look at the work of other plumbers, to see what they do differently and what equipment they use.

Now he had over 5,000 followers and his reach extends well beyond just a few photos of his installations.

Mr Booth is now involved in promoting gas safety to the wider industry, standing up for installers across the country and encouraging young people to get into the trades.

He said: “I remember when I hit 500 followers and I thought that was massive, and it’s just grown and grown. I always follow back if the person that follows me is in the trade, because I love seeing what other people are doing and I love interacting with other people. It’s like a big bunch of mates.”

Recently, he was impressed by the quality of work he saw from Den Hollingworth of Hollingworth Heating (@DenHollingworth on Twitter), and bought a bag of wire wool after seeing how good Mr Hollingworth’s pipework looked, in order to polish his own in the same way.

Mr Booth says social media is great for seeing the standard of other people’s work and improving your own as a result.

He said: “I normally only get to see my own work or, if I’m going to repair something, a job that may not have been done to a great standard.”

One of his main focuses recently has been working for the good of installers across the country, whether this is banding together to make opinions known about new schemes or opportunities, or to promote important work like his involvement in Gas Safety Superheroes, a not for profit campaign designed to improve awareness, training, energy efficiency and workmanship within the gas industry.

“Gas Safe Register do Gas Safety Week but, for us, it’s Gas Safety Year. It’s Gas Safety Day every day,” said Mr Booth.

“The part I came up with (for Gas Safety Superheroes) was the hashtag #regardthecard because, since I became Gas Safe registered 15 years ago, I can count on one hand the amount of times people have asked to see my card on jobs.”

“The biggest problem with gas is people doing it that aren’t qualified. If everyone is aware that they should ask for the card before they do any work then that’s got to be bad for the cowboys.”

Though Mr Booth is humble about his social media presence, he puts considerable effort into using it to represent other plumbers and draw attention to products and issues that he believes are important.

One such example was his use of Twitter to encourage manufacturers to implement a callback system for technical calls. After an overwhelming poll with 93% in favour, manufacturers including Viessmann and Baxi agreed to implement callbacks with immediate effect.

Taking Pride

Mr Booth said: “If you’re doing a good job and you’re proud of your work, then you should want to put it on a platform – be it Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. I think that’s how people are going to start getting more work, by how they advertise on social media.”

“A lot of it used to be word of mouth, but these days most people don’t talk to their neighbours, they just find everything online.”

“If you’ve got an online presence, that’s going to help you get your name around and get noticed.”

We wholly support Mr Booth’s commitment to improving the industry for

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reputable installers.  At R M Labels we offer a range of products licensed by the Gas Safe Register that are only available to Gas Safe Registered engineers. Before supplying any products that contain the Gas Safe logo we always check the purchaser’s details match those registered with Gas Safe.

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Be Safe – Always Use Gas Safe Registered Engineers – Unregistered Installer Fined

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HVP reported this month that an unregistered installer has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after illegally carrying out work on a number of boilers. Faults were found on one such boiler following work carried out by Philip Locke in 2013, despite not being Gas Safe registered, High Wycombe Crown Court heard on the 9th February.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) wrote to Mr Locke informing him of

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his responsibility to be registered in order to work on boilers, but he failed to comply.

Mr Locke of Chalfont St Giles, High Wycombe, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for one year, fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £6,280.

HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said: “Philip Locke showed disregard for the law when he continued to work on gas appliances without certification. This case highlights that plumbers must be competent and Gas Safe registered to work on gas appliances.”

In a separate case, a Preston landlord received a suspended prison sentence after failing to ensure gas safety checks were carried out on the gas appliances in one of her properties.

After failing to comply with an HSE Improvement Notice, Pritpall Kaur Singh pleaded guilty to breaching section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety

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at Work etc Act, 1974, and to one breach of Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (36 (3)).

She was sentenced to a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

HSE inspector Anthony Banks said: “If you rent property out, you must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, including the need to have a gas safety certificate. Gas appliances should be regularly checked, as faulty appliances can kill.”

Tenants/Homeowners
  • Stay safe – always use a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • Check – ask to see the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card*
  • Tenants – check your landlord has a Gas Safety Certificate for the property

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  • Are your Gas Safe details up-to-date? Licensed Gas Safe products can only be sold to Gas Safe registered engineers whose details line up with those held on the Gas Safe register – if you have moved premises or had a change of name – make sure you notify Gas Safe.

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