The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has confirmed dates and venues for a series of forthcoming informal technical evenings to be held at venues across Great Britain, but currently no event has been scheduled for Northern Ireland – despite the province having the highest prevalence of oil heating in the UK.
In total, a series of 8 events are now confirmed, providing technicians with the opportunity to meet their local regional inspectors, together with staff from OFTEC’s Technical team. There will also be information about the forthcoming Energy-related Products Directive (ErPD) – together with recent changes to British Standard BS5410 Part 1 2014… that oft-cited technical document which many and perhaps most normal people never get around to reading and fewer still heed.
Attendees will also be able discuss anything else that may be of interest. Attendance at each event will also count towards CPD. Free OFTEC marketing materials will be available and a small number of manufacturers will also be invited to exhibit – where space allows.
Each event will typically run from 4pm – 8pm and refreshments are included:
- Norwich, Norfolk – 30th April 2015
- Johnstone, Scotland – 7th May 2015
- Portsmouth, Hampshire – 12th May 2015
- Burgess Hill, West Sussex – 13th May 2015
- Abingdon, Oxfordshire – 18th June 2015
- Bangor, Wales – 25th June 2015
- Wrexham, Wales – 16th July 2015
- York, Yorkshire – 10th September 2015
Currently, Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK, for which no event has been confirmed. This is despite BS5410 and the upcoming ErPD both being applicable and the province having the highest prevalence of heating oil usage nationally. Over 60% of Northern Ireland homes depend upon heating oil for space and water heating, compared with a national average of less than 10%.
Registered Technicians living within an hour’s drive of each event will be notified by OFTEC and invited to attend. Since places are limited pre-booking is recommended. For further information or to book a place, call OFTEC on 0845 6585 080 or 01473 626 298.