July 16, 2013

With an array of domestic heating oil suppliers on the market it can be difficult to choose one that is right for your specific needs.

A key consideration in heating oil users’ choice of supplier should be whether a firm is registered with the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), the body that represents the oil heating and cooking industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Here are just some of the benefits of choosing an OFTEC-registered supplier:

Quality assurance

OFTEC-registered business status demonstrates that a firm possesses the competencies and skills to do their job effectively, as well as providing the assurance that they are working to recognised practices and standards.

This includes Building Regulations, appropriate British Standard and European Codes of Practice, health and safety provisions and any other regulations particular to that area.


Business monitoring

New companies registering with OFTEC for the first time will have to undergo a business audit, carried out by an OFTEC regional inspector, within the first three months of their registration with OFTEC.

After this initial inspection, OFTEC-registered businesses will also have to undergo an inspection at least one more time during their five-year registration period. Businesses will also have to renew their registration every five years.

All these measures help to ensure that businesses are closely monitored, and are working to the required standard.

Workmanship warranty

OFTEC-registered businesses in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are required to provide customers with a Workmanship Warranty if they are carrying out installation work.

This offers customers the reassurance that any notified work will be covered by the warranty for six years after the completion of the installation.

In addition, if any work carried out by the OFTEC-registered business does not adhere to building regulations, then the warranty will meet the cost of correcting the defective work.

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