Government tightens rules boilers due to carbon monoxide

Government tightens rules boilers due to carbon monoxide

Only recognized companies with well educated staff may in the future boilers and water heaters maintained and install. This must accidents with carbon monoxide prevented.

Minister Stef Blok (Housing) has announced Monday in a letter to the Second Chamber.

The measures come from 2019 in the law. The intervening time is necessary for legislation, the improving of the quality control by companies and the training of technicians.

In the industry are about 18.000 companies active with 34,000 technicians. 12.000 companies are sole proprietorships. With, for example, a logo should be clear which businesses are recognized.


In February they will begin a campaign on the dangers of carbon monoxide.

The Dutch Safety Board (OVV) last year, was very critical about the industry of installers and the system of quality labels. “The several recognitions, certifications and labels provide too little guarantees for actual knowledge and skills of the professional at home”, concluded the OVV.

The report found that 46 percent of the carbon monoxide-accidents happens with central heating installations and also modern and regularly serviced central heating installations risk.

More victims

The number of carbon monoxide victims is according to the Research council is probably also considerably higher than the annual five to ten dead and several hundred wounded people that are familiar.

The organisation for the engineering sector UNETO-VNI is expected that the measures will lead to less carbon monoxide as a result of accidents and says that the government with these measures, “stresses that the proven skills necessary to the profession of cv-mechanic exercise”.

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