TankDepot.co.uk Calls For Heating Oil Tank Regulatory Enforcement
4th September 2013
July saw the European Union's Construction Product Regulation (EU-CPR) come into full effect, changing forever the way in which construction products are sold across the UK and throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). It is now mandatory that all manufacturers of products covered by a harmonised European standard or technical assessment, CE mark all affected products.
For plastic heating oil tank manufacturers, this requires that all heating oil tanks are visibly CE marked, produced in accordance with European Standard EN13341 and available with a Declaration of Performance. No ifs, no buts, it's the law. Or, at least it's meant to be. However, according to heating oil tank specialist TankDepot.co.uk, non-compliant products continue to remain available.
TankDepot.co.uk's Steve Beech says, "Despite over 2 months having passed since the 1st. July, 2013 deadline, unapproved plastic heating oil tanks which are not CE marked continue to remain available in the UK. Worryingly, these tanks have not been tested to any recognised standard; supplying them anywhere in the UK or EEA is illegal.
"This a cause of concern for responsible heating oil tank manufacturers, suppliers and installers alike who sometimes lose business to irresponsible companies offering tanks from rogue manufacturers. Not surprisingly, these unapproved tanks frequently cost less than compliant equivalents. But all too often we find this saving is not passed on to the householder and instead remains in the pocket of the supplier.
"As a responsible reseller, TankDepot.co.uk only supplies heating oil tanks from reputable manufacturers, including Clarehill Plastics Limited, Kingspan plc and Carbery Plastics Limited which are CE marked and manufactured in accordance with British Standard BS EN13341. For further reassurance, all plastic heating oil tanks supplied by TankDepot.co.uk are fully licensed and approved by the experts at The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) too.
"We strongly recommend all heating oil users purchasing a new plastic tank to ensure it is both CE marked and request a Document of Performance from their supplier. And in the event of anyone discovering a product or manufacturer, which is non-compliant, we would urge them to report them to Trading Standards. There is a clear need for the industry to work together and take action to proactively remove non-compliant products from sale and ensure heating oil users can once again purchase new and replacement plastic heating oil tanks with confidence."
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Article Last Updated 4th September 2013