Diamond Sweeps now sweeping to not only Guild of Master Sweeps standard,
but also the newly introduced Industry Standard
National Code of Practice for Chimney Sweeps
Over the last year the UK's two leading professional chimney
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
Martin Glynn, President of the NACS said that "Protecting the consumer
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
The Guild and the NACS have recognized the need for unity in this area, and worked hard to produce a good
What does it mean?
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,
are required to advise on many vital safety issues
concerning solid fuel use, from ventilation provision right through
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
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
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
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
requirements and use, insurance requirements.
There are currently two organisations in the UK whose members automatically
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.