Institution of Engineering and Technology warn of failure to adhere to latest IET Wiring Regulations

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has issued a warning of the possibility of UK electricians failing to comply with the latest IET Wiring Regulations.

The IET suggests that up to 76% of UK electricians could be operating without a the latest copy of the IET Wiring Regulations – 17th Edition, BS 7671:2008 incorporating Amendment No.1, 2011.

Having come into effect on 1 January 2012, the IET Wiring Regulations were created to promote electrical safety. Although not statutory yet, electrical installations to the requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations is tipped to achieve compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and meet the requirements of the Building Regulations of England and Wales, of Scotland and of Northern Ireland. The latest regulations highlight a variety of electrical safetychanges including new forms for inspection reporting and brand new sections relating to electromagnetic disturbances, devices for protection against over voltage, medical locations and operating and maintenance gangways. It is of the utmost importance that electricians know of these changes so that they can carry out their duties competently.

“The news that 66,000 copies of the new IET Wiring Regulations have been sold since publication in July 2011 means that there could still be around 211,000 electricians who don’t own a copy.”, said Geoff Cronshaw, Chief Electrical Engineer at the IET.

“Although many organisations are likely to have a shared copy of the new IET Wiring Regulations, it is likely that there are still a huge number of electricians out there working to obsolete regulations.

“As joint publisher of BS 7671:2008(2011), the IET is the authority on the requirements for electrical installations and the amended IET Wiring Regulations is the standard to which the electrical industry must comply. The Regulations adopt the technical requirements of both European and international standards that the UK has to implement. It is important that all designers and electrical installers familiarise themselves with the amended IET Wiring Regulations to ensure that the work they do complies with the current standard.”

Giuliano Digilio, Head of Technical Services at the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) added: “It is worrying to think that so many electricians could potentially be operating without reference to a copy of the updated IET Wiring Regulations. It is a requirement for membership of the ECA that all installation activities comply with the requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations and owning an up-to-date copy of the Regulations is a large part of demonstrating compliance. Amendment No. 1 contains many changes which are important to all electrical designers and installers and affect all installations, so we are urging electrical installers across the UK to ensure that they are working to the current edition.”

The latest IET Wiring Regulations is a joint publication by the IET and the British Standards Institution (BSI). The publication sets the national standard for which all new electrical installations must comply. The regulations – the 17th Edition, originally published in 2008 – has been updated in line with the European and international standards of CENELEC and IEC.

At PB Ross Electrical Contractors we take employee and customer safety seriously – it’s our no.1 consideration for every electrical installation and electrical repair we undertake. We strictly adhere to industry safeguards and ensure all our electrical materials meet the vigorous materials and parts integrity requirements of  BSI British Standards. We are members of CHAS– the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme – and trade bodies NICEIC – the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting – and ECA – the Electrical Contractors’ Association.

PB Ross are also the only accredited CompEx electrical contractor within 60 miles of Leicester (the global Competency Validation and Certification for electrotechnical and mechanical craftspersons working in potentially hazardous or explosive atmospheres). We’re also a member of APEA – the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration.

Looking for an electrician in Leicester? For peace of mind and a nationwide reputation for safe, high quality electrical installation and electrical repair contact Peter Ross at PB Ross today on 0116 277 3162. Alternatively, email PB Ross with your enquiries.

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