COVID-19 – Statement from PEPA 18th March

Dear Energy Assessors,

Like everyone, PEPA members have been busy gathering as much information as possible to determine the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We have taken advice from trusted sources, to identify how we best protect our communities and our colleagues.

Each PEPA members scheme will have their own plan, addressing their own issues, but as a group we are committed to protect the health of our colleagues and members, whilst supporting energy assessors through this difficult time by:

  • Maintaining core systems to ensure that energy certificates can continue to be lodged
  • Maintaining a minimum level of technical support
  • Applying pragmatism with regards audit requests to cater for assessors unable to work normally

PEPA and the accreditation schemes will do all we can to continue to support you, but we do urge you to look after yourselves and to follow the latest government guidance.  We encourage active engagement between assessors and schemes and please do let schemes know if there are any circumstances about which you feel you should make them aware (for example, being stuck in a foreign country, or perhaps self-isolating etc).

PEPA also advises that you take all necessary precautions when visiting sites, such as wearing disposable gloves, reducing unnecessary contact with people (such as handshakes), carrying around hand sanitisers or, if possible, arranging to work in vacated premises.  This we hope will help to keep you safe, as well as put the minds of your clients at ease.

If you have any worries or concerns, please contact your accreditation scheme.

Kind Regards

Andy Parkin

Chairman PEPA

One thought on “COVID-19 – Statement from PEPA 18th March

  • 23rd March 2020 at 3:22 pm
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    Hi Andy,

    Thank you for the great advice (unlike that of Elmhurst) who think and I quote ‘Elmhurst believes that there is a very good argument to stop assessments of occupied buildings and is working with MHCLG and PEPA to get a cross industry position agreed.’

    I don’t think that I want anyone arguing on my behalf the assessments should stop. I assess risk everyday and think that I am best in the position to do that, not an accreditation body to do it on my behalf after all they are not going to pay my bills but will still want there lodgement fee’s on time and as such I hope that PEPA is not trying to get a cross industry position agreed. That, in my opinion is not your call!

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