The publications follow two years of research and feedback from technicians as OFTEC further modernises its resources to uphold high safety and efficiency standards. The technical manual is available now, whilst the new field guide – which is an abridged version of the new manual – will be offered as a free digital download for registered technicians by the end of 2023. Physical copies will also be available to purchase on request.
The single volume technical manual replaces the existing multi-volume technical books and is supplied as a learning aid when installers undertake an OFTEC course. The in-depth publication is also available to purchase as a physical copy from OFTEC Direct.
Renewable liquid fuel features for the first time
The core module covers everything required for liquid fuel appliances and storage/supply systems: Health, Safety and Waste Disposal, Fuel, Fuel Storage, Fuel Supply, Appliances, Flues and Ventilation, Heating and Hot Water Systems, and OFTEC Procedures and Documentation.
Additional optional information on the servicing and commissioning of single stage and multistage pressure jet appliances, as well as vaporising appliances, can also be added.
For the first time, the publication incorporates detailed information on the renewable liquid fuel HVO, including the conversion process and new illustrations to enhance understanding.
The technical manual is essentially a training aid, so a new field guide for on-site use has also been developed which will be available free to all OFTEC registered technicians as a digital document. As well as being a handy reference, it can also be used when an inspection is taking place to help technicians ensure work is compliant. The document currently focusses on the installation, servicing commissioning and handover of liquid fuel-fired equipment, but content for solid fuel and renewable technologies is expected to be available in the future.
The field guide will be limited to the information needed by technicians to carry out their day-to-day jobs and is not designed to replace the technical manual. The free digital copy will be sent to technicians every year and a physical copy will be available to purchase.
Registered technicians will be kept up to date via Technical Notices and the new digital field guide which will be updated annually.
Delivering what technicians want
Andrew Mathews, technical director at OFTEC, commented: “We’re pleased to announce these new publications as we further strengthen the resources we provide to registered technicians. Liquid fuels will continue to have an important role to play off-grid which is why we’ve updated our manuals with information on HVO to support with the long-term transition.
“We listened to feedback from technicians wanting a detailed, but more concise, technical manual and acted accordingly. The page count for all sections of the manual has been reduced by approximately 600 pages compared to the old technical books. We’re also aware technicians want to be able to access digital resources. In response, our popular pocket guide will be replaced by the new free digital field guide coming out later this year.”
Further information can be found at www.oftec.org.