Secure procedures for installers

Certass Trade Association has launched the Covid Secure Procedures Pack for installers.

Endorsed by the Trade Association Forum (TAF), which is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the pack has been developed with government to give installers the confidence to install safely in occupied homes as lockdown is lifted.

Jon Vanstone, chair at Certass Trade Association, said: “We are going to be living and working with this virus in the UK for at least the next 12 months. Through my participation in government steering groups, it was clear that the delivery of advice for installers needed to be driven by industry. As the only glazing representative in these discussions, responsibility fell to Certass Trade Association.”

Available to all Certass members, the document outlines the best practice procedures for how installers can keep their teams and customers safe when the industry can return to installing non-essential windows and doors in occupied homes.

The Certass TA Covid Secure Procedures Pack includes a full method statement for working safely in the home, with specific advice for surveyors and installers, remote selling and showroom guidance, self-assessment declaration forms for both installation teams and homeowners to complete before work commences and final inspection guidance.

There is also a quick reference guide for installers and an information leaflet to give to homeowners. A complete homeowner guide for members to use in their marketing will follow next week.

“The pack is designed to help installers maintain social distancing, keep contact with homeowners to a minimum, and prove that they have taken necessary steps to reduce risk for all parties,” Jon said.

“We have stayed in close contact with installers and trade fabricators during the lockdown period, and the overriding request was for clear, practical help and information that will help them get their business back to work. This is what we have delivered.”