Certsure, ECA and ESF propose to simplify who is deemed competent

Certsure, ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF) have worked together to develop plans to raise standards across the industry. The trio are the driving force behind proposals to change the ways competence within the industry is measured. While the electrotechnical industry prides itself on a robust approach to competence and safety, and indeed
has an excellent safety record, there is always more that can be done. Driving up standards of electrotechnical work is a fundamental objective if the sector is to thrive in the years ahead.

Mr. Electric and Plug-N-Go provide electric vehicle charging

A new collaboration to provide a full turnkey funded solution for electric vehicle (EV) charging across the UK has been announced between Mr. Electric®, the UK’s leading electrical franchise brand, and Plug-N-Go, a market leading solution for funded EV Charging Systems.  Together, the two organisations offer a fully integrated EV charging solution, which is risk and cost free, across public and private accessed sites, and will include everything from supplying, installing, maintaining and the management of charge points throughout the contract term. 

Electrical safety checks now mandatory

Commenting on the Government’s announcement regarding mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, comments: “We warmly welcome this initiative and are delighted the Government has recognised the importance of regular checks in the PRS, as this will protect both tenants and landlords.

Beware of fake electricians posing as registered electricians!

A man has been jailed for carrying out dangerous work while posing as a registered electrician. John Draco, 35, of Rowan Place, Newton Aycliffe, pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection related offences after falsely claiming to be a qualified electrician. He advertised his services on Yell.com as accredited by ELECSA and Trustmark-despite not having either accreditation. He also claimed to be NICEIC registered.

Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair

To address environmental concerns around product obsolescence and recycling, the EU is planning legislation giving EU consumers a ‘right to repair’ – forcing manufacturers to make longer lasting goods that are easier to repair.  Commenting on this, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of leading safety Charity, Electrical Safety First, explains why it is not quite as simple as it might seem.

“We understand that many consumers get frustrated with products that break down just after a warranty ends and they find it uneconomical to get it repaired and cannot fix the item themselves.

TrustMark's new Board of industry experts

A new independent Board of industry experts has been appointed to TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, to further enhance the levels of consumer protection, whilst achieving better business for reputable tradespeople. The Board, which comprises of a new Chairman and seven non-executive directors, ensures adequate representation of all the industry sectors TrustMark works with, coupled with experts from a wide range of industries, to provide a fresh knowledge and insight to the running of TrustMark.

Football duo to kick off NICEIC Live North 2018

Mark Lawrenson and Ray Stubbs have been announced as guest speakers at this year’s Live North. The duo, who were mainstays of BBC’s football coverage, will kick off the event, which is hosted by NICEIC & ELECSA, and brings together electrical contractors from across the north west of England.

They will be dipping into their enormous treasure trove of football tales to discuss what it takes to get to the top. It’s a chat that combines humour, determination and
the will to succeed from two of the game’s most famous faces.

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