A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Sievert's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Sievert is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

General Manager
Sievert refillable gas
cylinder with torch
In the UK, with at least 50 per cent of flat roof installation
using heat applied or gas torch systems, there are inherent
risks. Knowing this, Melvyn Baumber, Sievert UK’s general
manager, has committed the company to the national campaign
“Safe2torch”, which is an attempt by the National Federation
of Roofing Contractors to make the construction of roofs safer.
Melvyn is clear on his vision that safety, efficiency and business
performance should not, and need not, be in conflict with one
another. His article in
The Parliamentary Review
reveals how this
is possible.
Restless commitment to quality and expansion
Our stated goal at Sievert UK is to supply safe, environmentally friendly gas
cylinders and cartridges, along with all types of heating tools for every application
in construction and industry. Refillable 340 millilitre gas cylinders greatly reduce
the amount of disposable, non-refillable cylinders disposed of in landfill. We
promote and encourage safe working practices in the use of our heating tools in
all applications to drive up industry standards. As standards improve, so does our
commitment to drive up those standards.
Upon being founded in 2009, our raison d’être was to strengthen Sievert’s position
as a manufacturer of premium-quality heating tools and refillable gas cylinders in
the UK – all extensively used by utility companies and industry alike. As the drive
towards reducing landfill and the cost of hazardous waste disposal has increased
over the years, so has our resolve to recycle and refill, with the whole of the UK
»General Manager:
»Founded in 1882, but in 2009
in the UK
»Based in Wednesbury, West
»No. of employees: 12
»Services: Manufacture of gas
products and heating tools
»Part of the Rothenberger
Group of companies
»Products have won awards
»A leader in safety in their
Sievert UK
Highlighting best practice
mainland covered by a collection and
delivery service for cylinders provided
by Sievert.
It was soon decided to extend the
gas side of the business by opening a
production facility for gas cartridges,
and production accordingly commenced
towards the end of 2012. Today, we
manufacture cartridges filled with
butane, propane, a mixture of both
and MAPP gas. In 2018, we started
production of a propylene-filled cylinder
for use in extreme conditions. Ninety
per cent of our production is shipped
to the Central European Distribution
Centre in Germany, and from there
is then shipped all over Europe and
the world, resulting in Sievert being
represented in more than 60 countries.
After the initial investment in the gas
production facility, we invested yet
further in 2018, with the installation
of a customised gas leak detection
machine, replacing older, less efficient
equipment. This enabled production
volumes to significantly improve and
allowed us to take on additional
contracts. Further investment is planned
in 2019, which, it is hoped, will increase
efficiency for further production capacity.
Vast capability
Our equipment range is diverse, from
chef’s blow torches to hot air welding
machines for the roofing industry. Our
route to market is through a large
network of distributors throughout
the UK, taking in builders’ merchants
and roofing, plumbing, industrial and
Because we are dealing with a high-
end product (with full nationwide
support for all of our products), we
are in direct competition with products
from countries where labour costs are
significantly lower and where the same
level of service is difficult to find. With
the UK leaving the EU, we hope that
the European standards we work to
are enforced and remain mandatory
under another form. The industry needs
clarity on the exact nature of standards
and who will be responsible for their
enforcement. This applies not only to
our type of products, but to all suppliers
who sell into and provide services to the
building and construction industry.
Torch applied roofing
Sievert detail roofing
Our equipment
range is
diverse and
through a
network of
and merchants
Campaigning against a lack
of safety
With the use of open flame torches
being widespread in the roofing
industry, and the attendant risk of
fire, we have for many years worked
closely with the National Federation
of Roofing Contractors, the UK’s
largest roofing trade association. Our
involvement includes promotion of
safe working practices and on-site
training at contractors’ premises or at
designated training centres.
In July 2017, the NFRC launched their
“Safe2torch” campaign, which seeks
to significantly reduce the risk of roof
fires when using gas torches, either
when drying out roofs or when used to
install torch-on membranes. For many
years, they have recognised the in-built
safety features of our Sievert Promatic
Torch range, which has a greatly
reduced fire risk when in use.
It has been widely acknowledged that
there is no legislation relating to the
training in the use of gas torches,
which isn’t the case with many
other tools used in construction and
roofing. Therefore, the Safe2torch
scheme, which directly concerns 50
per cent of all flat roofs installed in
the UK, is moving towards introducing
an industry-recognised training
programme for the safe use of this
type of equipment. Part of this would
entail making it mandatory to be
trained and certified to the standard
set out before being allowed to use
the equipment. We are working
closely with the NFRC and advising on
the introduction of this programme,
which is also being championed by an
all-party parliamentary group for the
roofing industry.
The aim is simple: to promote the
positive side of the industry where safe
specifications and working practices
are second nature. This would afford
clients assurances that if they engage
with a Safe2torch contractor or
manufacturer, their roof works will
have been planned and installed
within the requirements of the
Operating from our premises in
Wednesbury in the West Midlands,
Sievert UK is ideally placed to
service the UK with fully trained and
knowledgeable staff. Our focus on
customer service has never been
greater, as we constantly improve and
update our services to the marketplace.
The industry
recognises the
in-built safety
features of the
Promatic torch
DW3000 Hot Air Tool
Powerjet Torch range

This article was sponsored by Sievert. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister