BESCA chairman defends self-certification scheme for commercial work
Reacting to calls for the capping of self-certification schemes for competent persons — Bill Belshaw of BESCA.
The chairman of BESCA, the competent-persons self-certification scheme for commercial and domestic HVACR work has reacted to calls for the Government office responsible for the Building Regulations to cap further scheme applications to reduce confusion in the industry. He says, ‘Unlike the confused domestic market [where there are five self-certification schemes], BESCA is the only self-certification scheme covering commercial HVACR work under Part L. BESCA provides one central avenue through which businesses can notify their work under the Building Regulations, so there is no confusion in the commercial sector.’ In response to claims that some competent-persons schemes could be seen as a licence to print money, Mr Belshaw says, ‘The industry and Government expect scheme operators to take their responsibilities seriously, BESCA is a transparent accountable scheme committed to providing a service to the highest standards. ‘We will be pumping revenue generated into the scheme for the benefit of users, the industry and the environment, arranging associated training courses, lowering cost and raising awareness to ensure that the sector is up to speed with the benefits of self-certification.’