Industry welcomes red tape reduction pledge

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and NICEIC have welcomed government plans to reduce red tape in building regulations.

The government has announced plans to streamline and improve electrical safety following the success of Part P. Notification requirements will be refocused on higher risk jobs such as new circuit installation whilst regulation will be brought forward to allow third parties, other than Building Control, to certify work carried out by DIYers.

Steve Bratt, ECA Group ceo, said: “While we await full details, we are delighted that the government has listened to industry. A tighter focus on notification requirements will maintain safety, while reducing the burden placed on electrical contractors. This is exactly what we need to ensure the Regulations protect the public, while ensuring our sector can still benefit from vital work opportunities.”

Emma Clancy, NICEIC ceo, added: “The government’s intention to work with external partners to promote the use of qualified electricians is an important step forward. The newly launched Electrical Safety Register  is perfectly placed to communicate to the general public not only why certification is important, but where they can find a certified electrician. We are delighted that government is in sync with the electrical industry about the best way of ensuring safety.”