CEDA directory tackles maintenance dilemma

The catering equipment sector needs to attract 200,000 engineers per year to close the skills gap.

The Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) has launched a special directory that allows operators to find engineers who are suitably certified to carry out maintenance jobs.

There is currently no quick reference for operators to source engineers with the correct qualifications, but the CEDA/CESA Register of Qualified Catering Equipment Engineers aims to solve that by serving as the de facto guide to certified personnel.

CEDA insists the register should be the “first point of call” for operators requiring the services of a commercial catering equipment engineer.

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All engineers will have to hold appropriate qualifications to be included on the register and will meet the guideline outlined by the HSE Catering Information Sheet 12 — ‘Maintenance Priorities in Catering’ — that states: “Appliances need to be routinely serviced to ensure their continued safe operation. This must be done by competent personnel such as appropriately qualified service engineers.”

CEDA says that by using the register to find a competent, qualified engineer that works from the gas safety inspection sheet, operators will have peace of mind that the maintenance and installation of gas work and appliances meets industry regulations and safety standards.

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