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NAPIT calls for Enhanced Electrical Safety Standards in UK

NAPIT calls for Enhanced Electrical Safety Standards in UK

 

At Hexo Services, we’re dedicated to electrical safety standards. This is why we are part of numerous important industry bodies that promote best practice within the sector. These organisations include the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT), one of the leading Government-approved accreditation schemes in the building services sector.

NAPIT currently has more than 14,000 members, which include installers in the electrical, heating and plumbing fields. NAPIT members show a dedication to raising electrical safety standards. In March, the trade association called on the government to do more to enhance electrical safety standards throughout the UK.

In its statement, NAPIT stated: “Electricity is in use all around us. It can be dangerous and has the potential to be fatal, yet the legislation surrounding the safety standards of electrical installations in dwellings differs throughout the UK and between tenures.” NAPIT is therefore calling on the government to end this disparity and enable safety for all.

The association put its ideas across in an infographic, which looked at electrical safety standards in the UK. The research focused on the three main types of housing: owner-occupied, social housing and the private rented sector.

The research found that 50% of all fires in residential properties are caused by electrical issues. Yet, only England and Scotland have regulations in place for the regular inspection of electrical installations within private rented homes. Additionally, only Scotland requires the regular testing of systems in social housing properties. There are currently no legal requirements to carry out electrical safety checks in owner-occupied housing. This is something that NAPIT wants to change.

NAPIT recommends that “the Government include supplementary provisions for mandating regular electrical safety checks in higher-risk buildings. This needs to be regardless of tenure to ensure the same safety standards are applied to all properties.” The organisation put forward four main requests as part of its call to action for enhanced electrical safety standards. It has asked the government to create:

  • UK wide legislation to require every electrical installation in socially rented housing to have an electrical inspection, in the form of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), carried out by a qualified electrical inspector at least once every five years.
  • Legislation for Wales and Northern Ireland to require every electrical installation in privately rented dwellings to have an electrical inspection, in the form of an EICR, carried out by a qualified electrical inspector at least once every five years.
  • Regulations to require an EICR is carried out prior to the sale of all properties, to protect the purchaser from potential hazards.
  • Legislation to require every electrical installation in dwellings within a Higher Risk Building, as defined by the Building Safety Bill, to have an electrical test carried out by a qualified inspector at least once every five years.

NAPIT Chairman, Frank Bertie, commented: “Choosing to enhance the safety of electrical installations in dwellings can be a matter of life and death. Protection from electrical dangers should not be dependent on where you live. Policy alignment in this area is key to improving the electrical safety in dwellings and should build on the positive steps taken by the UK and Scottish Government’s in recent years, but it must go further. Unity provides clarity and consistency and must be adopted to provide assurance that regardless of the tenure or location of the homes people live in, they are equally protected from electrical risks.”

We stand in full support of NAPIT’s call to action and are here to provide advice and assistance to anyone seeking to enhance electrical safety standards in their home or rental property. To find out more, get in touch with us by emailing info@hexo-services.co.uk, or calling 0207 315 4151.