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Diamond Sweeps now sweeping to not only Guild of Master Sweeps standard, but also the newly introduced Industry Standard 


Industry Standard

National Code of Practice for Chimney Sweeps


Over the last year the UK's two leading professional chimney sweeping trade
associations, the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and the National Association
of Chimney Sweeps, have been working together and are now very pleased to
introduce the "Industry Standard - A National Code of Practice for Chimney
Martin Glynn, President of the NACS said that "Protecting the consumer
is our primary concern. We cannot continue to allow the public to put at risk
from untrained or poorly trained sweeps with little or no regulation".
 Many consumers are unaware that there is no statutory regulation of chimney sweeps or their work in the UK despite the very real need, and there is nothing to stop a completely incompetent and dangerous sweep from working.
 The Guild and the NACS have recognized the need for unity in this area, and worked hard to produce a good basic standard.

What does it mean?

Householders, companies and organisations seeking the services of a chimney
sweep should ensure that the individual meets or exceeds the Industry Standard
in order to receive the safest, most professional service. After all,
professional sweeps are required to advise on many vital safety issues
concerning solid fuel use, from ventilation provision right through to the
chimney terminal.
They are at the front line in terms of immediately dangerous
situations as well as the provision of valuable practical consumer advice.
Sweeps who meet or exceed the requirements of the Standard will need to prove
their position. The consumer will have greater recourse for complaint if a
sweep who claims to meet the Standard subsequently falls short.

As the Standard becomes widely adopted, consumers will have a clearer idea of
who to engage for their chimney sweeping service and will know what to expect
from such a person.

In order to further enhance the Industry Standard, Sweeps meeting the Standard
will be required to issue an Industry Standard certificate (the Standard
printed on the reverse) and, where necessary, an Industry Standard Warning
Notice and Label.

Daniel Hodgson, chairman of the Guild said "Hardly a day goes by when we don't
hear of some issue concerning untrained / badly trained sweeps and occasionally
there are tragic consequences. This Industry Standard gives consumers a clear
choice and we believe it will be quickly adopted".

The Standard covers:

Training, practical assessment, theory assessment, accreditation of training
and assessment centers, competency of assessing organisations , sweeping
practice and technique, minimum tool kit including vehicle, safe working
practices, prevention or limitation of contamination during sweeping, building
regulations and compliance issues, procedures for documentation and recording
of work undertaken, procedures for documentation and reporting of un-safe /
non-compliant situations, complaints procedures, waste disposal procedures,
compliance with COSHH requirements, proof of identity, Personal Protective
Equipment requirements and use, insurance requirements.

There are currently two organisations in the UK whose members automatically meet
the requirements of the Industry Standard, members of The Guild of Master
Chimney Sweeps and members of The National Association of Chimney Sweeps.

Many Guild members will have areas of expertise far in excess of the Standard.
Use the "Sweep Search" facility to view individual member profiles.


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