FIS is working with the devolved governments regulatory authorities to add a qualification route for the maintenance of operable walls, however support from employers is needed. If you agree a qualification is needed for this activity, please email or the assigned Developer indicaing your agreement.

The request for the development of a qualification outcome was initiated by reports of near misses and minor injuries caused by poor maintenance practice.  This directly aligns to the work being completed by the FIS Operable Walls working group for the publication of a Best Practice Guide for Servicing Operable Walls, which will be launched in September 2021.

George Swann, FIS Skills and Training Lead says: “This work was interrupted by the pandemic and to complete it just needs employers to show their support.  The initiative reflects the FIS members Code of Conduct particularly ‘To be committed to training its workforce’.  In order to make the service, maintenance and repair of operable walls safer if you have the expertise please get involved or at least show your support”.

This work is supported by CITB. For details visit the Interior systems sectionf of the CITB website and look in ‘Reviews’ titled Operable Partition NOS – Service, maintain and repair operable partition wall systems.