Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Part P of the building regs under review

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) recently hosted a round- table event to discuss the government’s review of Part P of the Building Regulations for England and Wales, which concerns electrical safety in dwellings.

some like it, many dont, especially the DIYer.

we do think it could be made better.

on the whole, we think we need to retain Part P – although we would as we make lots of money out of all the work DIYers cant do because they cant prove it is safe.

Part P is relevanct to both consumer safety and industry standards. 

current evidence base relating to electrical injuries, deaths and fires in UK homes ays that it is working.

but we admit, it needs a few changes, the govt need to tighten the enforcement and compliance elements of Part P, while reducing the regulatory burden in terms of time and money. Too much paper work

The need to clarify and simplify documentation and increase the awareness of both consumers and electrical contractors to the benefits of Part P needs soerting out

“Taxation is a subscription to a fair society. Regulation is a subscription to a safe society”. 

Part P provides the only regulatory framework that addresses the safety of electrical installation work in homes in England and Wales. We need to reduce the complexities of Part P without compromising safety.

what do you think?????????

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