A new report published by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) has highlighted the importance of Domestic Electrical Installer training covering the requirements of Part P among operatives in the electrical industry and lead to calls for changes to Part P enforcement.
ESR’s report addresses the proper enforcement of Part P compliance in a bid to improve electrical safety in the home, and eradicate work carried out by unqualified, unregistered or un-competent operatives, i.e. those who have not undertaken the appropriate Domestic Electrical Installer training covering the requirements of Part P and BS7671.
On analysing enforcement of Part P of the Building Regulation, the ESR report revealed that, on average, between 2011 and 2013, 72 per cent of local authorities had not taken action against Part P non-compliance. In addition, just 2 per cent of authorities attempted to prosecute a case, with only one successful prosecution during the period surveyed.
NAPIT chairman, Frank Bertie, commented: “The report has gathered substantial evidence on levels of [Part P] enforcement for the first time. It found that there is little legal or financial deterrence to prevent Part P non-compliance. This may be allowing the dangerous work of rogue traders to go unchecked and could be putting properties and householders at risk.
“We urge government to carefully consider the findings and recommendations in this report. Local authorities and industry bodies need to be given appropriate powers and support to enforce Part P effectively.”
Our very own Mark Krull had a few words to say on the importance of Part P training: “I cannot express just how vital it is that homeowners are sure that operatives undertaking any electrical work in the home are appropriately qualified. Good quality Part P training is key and will ensure that engineers have been trained and assessed to the highest standards, and that they comply with industry regulation.
“The report itself has suggested that government look into making it a legal requirement for all electrical work which falls under Part P of the Building Regulation to be carried out by a registered, competent electrical installer, and we are in full support of this recommendation.”
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