The Part P electrical building regulations are currently under review by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which launched the original legislation in 2005.
The NICEIC is lobbying for Part P electrical regulations to be amended sensibly taking into account enforcing compliance by non-registered contractors.
Emma McCarthy, chief executive officer of NICEIC explained that “Our great concern is that the electrical contracting industry will be left in 2013 with an imperfect regulation, with little enforcement support from Local Authorities and very little publicity from government.”
NICEIC surveyed its customers to get their view on the Part P electrical regulations and what they would like to see happen to the legislation.
The review, which has been “inspired” by comments on the governments “Your Freedom” website states that the current Part P electrical regulations is a barrier to many DIY homeowners who would rather complete work themselves then spend money on an accredited contractor. This is severely opposed by NICEIC who feel that:
“Electrical installation work is potentially dangerous and should be left to the acknowledged experts. The electrical contracting industry’s voice must be heard, otherwise there is a danger the industry will be left with a shell of a regulation and the householder not knowing where to turn for a safe job.
What are the Part P electrical Regulations for?
The Part P electrical regulations are designed to ensure that any domestic electrical installation must comply with these regulations to ensure the safety of people who come in contact with them. The regulations outline that any installation must be signed off by a registered tradesman as compliant with the regulations.
The consultation for Part P will begin in late 2011 and NICEIC intends to share the results of its survey with civil servants, government and other stakeholders.
If you are a practicing electrician we offer a full scope Part P Electrical course which allows you to certify your own work, saving costs of getting someone else to certify it.