A new guide to improve standards and competence recognition has been launched by the Skills Alliance for Electricians.
Since 2005, all electrical work in homes in England and Wales must meet Part P of the Building Regulations. In April 2013, the requirements for England were amended. Local authorities have the power to make homeowners or landlords remove or alter any work that does not comply with Part P.
The new guidance incorporates a qualification and competence risk indicator that can be used by building control bodies to assess the level of confidence they have in an individual to carry out electrical work safely and, as a result, the degree of supervision and inspection required.
The Skills Alliance for Electricians represents the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, Unite, SummitSkills, the Engineering Council and the Highways Electrical Association.
Chair Paul Wilkins said: “The guidance will greatly assist all building control professionals in assessing the competence of individuals carrying out electrical work outside of Competent Persons Schemes and allow early decisions to be made in terms of the level of inspection and testing that they need to carry out in ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of those people using the buildings.”