The Gas Safety Superheroes
The Commercia Group Ltd is proud to be associated with The Gas Safety Superheroes!
Educating, Empowering and Energising!
The Gas Safety Superheroes is a nonprofit social enterprise and initiative, founded by Paul Hull and driven by an amazing team of ambassadors, that aspires to raise awareness and improve gas safety methods. We strive to educate and empower engineers, merchants and manufacturers in the industry to create and drive positive change.
GSSH accomplishes this vision by:
Regard the card
Always having your gas safe card on display and ensuring this is always shown to every customer. Educating customers to ensure only Gas Safe registered engineers are used.
I’ve realised that no matter what loyalty schemes are offered or advertising campaigns that are run, change in this industry is entirely dependent on consumer education and I now acknowledge that that education isn’t the responsibility of Gas Safe or iGEM, or the manufacturers with big budgets - it’s down to me - and every other gas safe engineer in the country.
I have also realised that education comes from the conversations we have with our customers whilst we are servicing, by continually showing our cards, by engaging with the customers who insist on watching us and helping each customer understand how they can extend the life of their boiler and ensure the safety of their home.
Promoting the need for improving boiler servicing standards in a consistent and evergreen manner.
Although we all acknowledge servicing must be completed to meet manufacturers recommendations, it is important that customers gain some understanding of what they should expect from a service and how to recognise the overall condition and safety of their boiler.
The Gas Safety SuperHeroes encourage regular servicing as it reduces the likelihood of breakdown and ultimately extends the life of the boiler.
Annual servicing will also help improve energy efficiency and ultimately reduce the likelihood of damage, danger and death caused by Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Facilitating training on the Apprenticeship Board, encouraging employers to take on apprentices and ensuring the correct equipment and procedural utilisation by training providers.
I am part of a new Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Board that was established in 2017. The board is made up of six qualified and experienced employers from the industry who will be responsible for ensuring industry compliance with the approved quality assurance processes. The newly assembled board is to be administered by the APHC and CIPHE, which will continue the development of the assessment plan that covers apprentices’ knowledge and skills, applied knowledge and practical skills, and their general behavior and attitude. Additionally, the board I’m on will ensure that the assessment specification is robust enough and that the correct equipment and procedures are being utilised by training providers.
Promoting gas safety standards in the plumbing and heating industry through visibility, engagement and presence across several social media platforms. I have been involved with:
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Gas Safety Superheroes
The Gas Safety SuperHeroes had the pleasure of being invited to parliament for the launch of gas safety week last year. I spoke to a private audience of key influencers in the Gas industry about ways of raising awareness and improving standards in our industry.
In January 2018 we started a competition on social media called #SiteforSoreInstalls.
The competition was designed to highlight bad boiler installations. Twitter users posted images of there badly installed boilers. The best (or worst) pictures were entered into our competition with £1,500.00 worth of prizes up for grabs!
All prizes were donated by manufaturers. First prize included a Vailliant EcoTech Pro 28 boiler, generously donated by Valliant. The competition received over 100 entries and even caught the attention of The Mirror newspaper!
This competition was a superb example of the Gas Safety SuperHeroes working as a team, from liaising with manufacturers about donating prizes and promoting the competition on social media and responding to the many people with their entries made our hard work with #SightforSoreInstalls a very successful event.
This year we had the honour of being shortlisted for two awards at the H&V News Awards at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
We were shortlisted for HVAC Initiative of the Year, and also for Safety Initiative of the year, which we are really proud of.We didn’t we win on the night, but it was a great experience for us and we are hopeful about our chances of winning next year. We hope you feel inspired by our campaign and would appreciate any support in helping us drive our initiatives forward.