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Good News for Domestic Installers: Part P Scheme Retained

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 16th April 2012

Don’t be caught out, be compliant! Those practising electrics in domestic dwellings without part p registration will now be ILLEGAL!

Since 2005, Part P of the Building Regulations has played an important role in regulating the safety of electrical installations by minimalizing the risk of injury and fatality and helping to eliminate the number of practising rogue traders.

In an attempt to revise the Part P scheme and lessen the burden for installers and building contractors, a public consultation was announced to take place during the winter months starting in December 2011 and closing on 27th April 2012. The revision takes place after plans were announced to replace the 1,000 page National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to a succinct 50 pages without jeopardising the safety requirements contained within the document. The government proposed to do this as a way of reducing the ‘bureaucracy and cost burdens that Part P imposes on installers, building control bodies and consumers, without undermining the improvements to electrical safety, installer competence and the quality of electrical installation work arising from the introduction of Part P in 2005.’*

However, the electrical industry soon provided evidence to suggest that should the costs and time associated with complying with the Part P Building Regulations be reformed, both safety and quality regulation elements would suffer.

In support of the retention of Part P, a report by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee on cutting red tape in the Building Regulations has recommended that Part P Regulations be preserved.

The report outlines the need to retain Part P Building regulations as well as providing some key guidance into improving and identifying what is necessary to ensure the Building Regulations continues to operate effectively in the future.

Clive Betts, chair of the CLG Committee, said: "We could only support deregulation if there was clear evidence that safety standards would not suffer, but such evidence has not been provided by the government."

This valuable support will help protect Part P and how it is carefully managed and maintained. The report also covers some recommendations which will help promote awareness for electrical safety amongst those who are not Part P registered.

the labelling of electrical equipment sold by DIY stores to warn that it is illegal for an unregistered person to undertake most electrical work in the home without checks by a competent person;

the government to coordinate industry efforts to raise public awareness of the need for electrical and gas safety;

any public awareness campaign should alert people to the dangers of using unqualified electricians and the need to regularly check electrical circuits in the home.

"From the evidence we have received, we are satisfied that Part P has been successful in driving up standards and in reducing the number of electrical faults,” as according to government figures Part P has contributed to a 17.5% reduction in fires attributed to main wiring faults. (3)

“It is the only legal framework in England which protects the consumer from unsafe electrical work in the home and is vitally important considered that every week in the UK, one person dies from an electrical accident and well over a quarter of a million (350,000,000) are seriously injured every year.” (2)

This report is a great success for the electrical industry and will stand as a first step into ensuring that there is no compromise on safety. The Committee's report on Part P will feed into the government’s on-going review of the Building Regulations for England.

The government consultation will close on 27 April 2012, with any deregulatory changes coming into force in April 2013. Any amendments with a regulatory impact will take effect in October 2013.

You can do your bit by signing an e-petition to show your support for Part P Building Regulations 

(1) Data source – CLG fire stats 2010/2011

(2) Data souce - Ipsos MORI’s Capibus

(3) Data source – CLG 2004-2007

 

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