OFTEC was formed in 1991 and replaced the former Domestic Oil Burner Equipment Testing Association (DOBETA). Originally it was formed to write new technical standards and training manuals, but has now expanded to promoting the oil-fired heating and cooling sector through a trade association. It developed a competent person scheme in 2002 and now offers scopes of registration for heating technicians and all organisations working with solid fuels and renewable technologies.
Robinsons Facilities Services have recognised the importance of establishing safer working practices with regards the servicing of heating equipment and hence sought to secure a status as a registered heating business under the OFTEC scheme. To become registered all our technicians needed to undertake an approved training course and assessment, we are inspected regularly by OFTEC as an organisation, as are our individual technicians, which maintains our standards across the organisation. And hence, our induction training for new employees includes this OFTEC training, where an individual does not already possess it.
We have many years’ experience of working with oil fired heating systems and increasingly are seeing customers moving towards renewable technologies, so the OFTEC accreditation is crucial in Robinsons Facilities Services maintaining our position as a leading contractor in this ever-changing industry sector.