HOPPE (UK) launches door certification training for staff

Rob Mottram, technical manager for ARRONE

HOPPE (UK) has launched door certification training for staff to ensure they’re complying with and giving advice in line with the latest regulations.

Clause 148 of the Building Safety Act outlines the liability relating to construction products and came into force on 28 June 2022. A statement said that as part of Condition A of this clause, if a person who markets or supplies a construction product makes a misleading statement in relation to it, alongside the three other conditions, they can be held liable to pay damages.

Karen Nelson, business development manager at HOPPE (UK), and Rob Mottram, technical manager for ARRONE, a HOPPE brand, have been delivering door certification training to all customer-facing team members. They have also held separate sessions on the same topic for some of their customers.

Karen said: “In order to understand what customers are looking for, meet legal requirements and then advise the customer accordingly, understanding the terminology associated with testing and certification is crucial.

“We want everyone who interacts with the HOPPE (UK) and ARRONE teams to feel confident that they’re dealing with competent individuals that have an in-depth understanding of architectural ironmongery.

“Knowing and understanding the standards and regulations that directly affect products is a crucial piece of this. As construction product manufacturers, we have responsibilities under the Building Safety Act that should not be taken lightly, and certainly aren’t by everyone at HOPPE (UK) and ARRONE.”

HOPPE (UK) said that the training includes an in-depth look at the full testing process for doors, the associated paperwork and third-party certification, and is being used as part of the team’s ongoing professional development.

The company has eight staff members who are Registered Architectural Ironmongers (RegAI), 16 that are Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) diploma holders and a further six are currently studying to become diploma holders.

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