Electrical Safety First https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/ en Game-changing Bill for Substandard Electricals Online https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/game-changing-bill-substandard-electricals-online <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Game-changing Bill for Substandard Electricals Online</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 18/12/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Details of Electrical Safety First’s proposed new bill to ensure online platforms are covered by the same requirements for the safety of consumer electrical goods as the High Street retailer.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Battery%20Charger%20Fire.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Battery%20Charger%20Fire.jpg?itok=cApHJep8" width="750" height="499" alt="requirements for the safety of consumer electrical goods" title="requirements for the safety of consumer electrical goods" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Government’s Online Harms Bill has failed to address the problem of dangerous electrical goods available from online marketplaces. So leading consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First, has put forward its own, ‘game changing’ Bill.</p> <p>Electrical Safety First’s new Bill would make online marketplaces – such as Amazon and eBay – legally responsible for hosting listings of potentially lethal electrical products for sale. It would ensure they have the same responsibilities to protect consumers from unsafe products as High Street retailers.</p> <p>The Government’s Online Harms Bill was developed in response to increased concerns around online personal security – particularly for children. Its declared objective is to establish a system of accountability and oversight for tech companies. But while the Government’s Bill covers various ‘harms’ arising from social media, fake news, or other illegal content on the web, the Charity argued it didn’t go far enough.</p> <p>In multiple investigations[i], Electrical Safety First has found electrical products - presenting a serious fire risk - are easily available from third party sellers via online marketplaces. Currently, online marketplaces are not required to inform consumers if they have purchased a substandard electrical product from their site, which leaves thousands unaware of the potential fire and safety risk they have in their home.<br />  </p> <p>Electrical Safety First’s proposed new Bill, if accepted by Government, would tighten the law so that online marketplaces must ensure electricals sold from a fulfilment centre, or third party seller on their site, are safe. And they would be required to alert consumers who have bought a substandard electrical item from their marketplace.</p> <p>“We campaigned strongly for the Government’s Online Harms Bill to include dangerous electricals available online. We believe ‘harm’ goes beyond the Government’s definition, because counterfeit or substandard electrical products can have a life-changing impact”, explains Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First.</p> <p>“Electricity is responsible for around half of all fires in UK homes, with most arising from electrical products. Our 2020 annual survey[ii] found almost one in four consumers bought what they thought was a genuine electrical item online, from a third-party seller, and then discovered it was fake. We also found[iii] that one in 10 adults have first-hand experience of an electrical shock, or fire, from an electrical item bought online.</p> <p>“But we don’t just want online marketplaces to react to risk, we want them to be proactive. Given the sophisticated technologies available to these retail giants, it is not unreasonable to expect them to ensure effective safeguards – whether from revised algorithms, machine learning, or improved image recognition – to stop unsafe electricals being sold on their platforms. There is support - research undertaken for us by ComRes[iv], found 70% of MPs want online marketplaces to have a legal responsibility to help prevent the sale of dangerous electrical products. And we believe our proposed Bill would not only improve consumer safety but also protect legitimate businesses selling online.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/requirements-safety-consumer-electrical-goods" hreflang="en">requirements for the safety of consumer electrical goods</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 07:49:12 +0000 gazza 8567 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical Safety First responds to the Social Housing White Paper https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-first-responds-social-housing-white-paper <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Safety First responds to the Social Housing White Paper</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 20/11/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Electrical Safety First in response to the recently published Social Housing White Paper by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/MHCLG_logo.png"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/MHCLG_logo.png?itok=7aabuJ-G" width="750" height="499" alt="Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Logo" title="Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><b>Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First commented: “</b>The Government's announcement of a new consultation on electrical safety in the social housing sector provides a much needed opportunity for the Government to end the tenure lottery that currently exists. </p> <p>The protection that electrical safety checks afford those in privately rented homes should be extended to those living in social housing<b>. </b>Our soon to be published Social Housing report shows huge support from the social sector to introduce better electrical safety measures and the Government should look to adopt these as soon as possible. In the light of tragedies such as Grenfell more must be done to prevent electrical fires occurring in the future.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/social-housing-white-paper" hreflang="en">Social Housing White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/ministry-housing-communities-and-local-government" hreflang="en">Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:02:00 +0000 gazza 8562 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical Safety Week 18th to 25th November 2019 https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-week-18th-25th-november-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Safety Week 18th to 25th November 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 19/11/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Each year, #ElectricalSafety First works with the Home Office to promote electrical fire safety in the home. Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 18th to 25th November this year.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Electrical-safety-week.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical-safety-week.jpg?itok=SYqEDJtj" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" title="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Over half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity. And nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by electrical products.</p> <p>During Electrical Fire Safety Week, Electrical Safety First work closely with Fire &amp; Rescue Services across the UK to raise awareness of electrical fire risks and the simple steps that people can take to avoid a devastating fire in their homes.</p> <p>Electrical Safety First campaigns offer general safety messages as well as focusing on areas in the home and specific types of product that offer a particular risk.</p> <p>You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23efsw&amp;src=trend_click">#EFSW</a> or on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/efsw">#EFSW</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-week" hreflang="en">electrical safety week</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-week-2019" hreflang="en">electrical safety week 2019</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:24:13 +0000 gazza 8538 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Product Safety Conference 2019 https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/product-safety-conference-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Product Safety Conference 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 31/10/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Get ready for Electrical Safety First’s 11<sup>th</sup> annual product safety conference, one of the major events in the industry calendar. This year’s theme is Think Like a Consumer – Behaviour-led insights for Safer Products, which will be held at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday 28th November.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg?itok=nk26LC9M" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" title="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The event attracts an extensive range of delegates from throughout the supply chain, in addition to key stakeholders and related organisations. These include representatives from government departments, manufacturers, retailers and importers, to lawyers, test houses and fire and rescue services - as well as Trading Standards and safety professionals.</p> <p>It’s this broad-church approach which is part of event’s appeal - and the fact it brings to the forefront key and emerging issues impacting on the electrical retail industry and consumer safety. So, while the focus of this conference will be on the relationship between consumer behaviour and product safety, it will also be discussing the impact of Brexit and the mainstreaming of the smart home.</p> <p>The keynote speech will be provided by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Small Business, Kelly Tolhurst MP, with expert panels and speakers including Wendy Middleton, Behavioural Insights Lead for the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), along with representatives from Dyson, John Lewis, Dixons Carphone and Cooley LLP.  The event will also play host to Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Awards, developed by the Charity to acknowledge companies – or individuals – who put safety at the heart of product design, or go the extra mile in safety advocacy.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the conference, delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception, hosted by the charity, where continuing debate and more informal opportunities for networking will be available. “This conference will investigate how understanding human behaviour can help improve the product design process, particularly in relation to safety and potential misuse - and help in improving reaction to product registration and recall response”, explains Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First.</p> <p>“Today, we are in a period of intense change – technologically, politically and legislatively. Using behavioural insights to help create safer products, and encourage behaviour that reduces risk, is key to sustainable business and improved consumer protection”.</p> <p>JOIN over 200 leading industry professionals from global retail brands, design, manufacture, import and distribution of electrical goods, lawyers, testing houses, safety experts and government bodies</p> <p>LEARN from expert speakers looking at the latest advances and solutions in connected tech to behavioural insight and its impact on safety</p> <p>SHARE ideas, findings, innovations and knowledge during lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions</p> <p>Book your place <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/electrical-product-safety-conference-2019-tickets-68770543547" rel="nofollow">HERE</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-conference" hreflang="en">Electrical safety conference </a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:53:57 +0000 gazza 8535 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Phil Buckle Retires from Electrical Safety First https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/phil-buckle-retires-electrical-safety-first <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Phil Buckle Retires from Electrical Safety First</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 05/10/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Phil Buckle has retired from his position of Chief Executive of leading UK charity, Electrical Safety First. Phil, who has led the charity for over ten years, has seen it grow from a niche organisation into one of the UK’s leading consumer protection bodies.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Phil-Buckle.jpg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Phil-Buckle.jpg?itok=MGDgsxL-" width="750" height="499" alt="Phil Buckle" title="Phil Buckle" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNormal" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Phil Buckle has retired from his position of Chief Executive of leading UK charity, Electrical Safety First. Phil, who has led the charity for over ten years, has seen it grow from a niche organisation into one of the UK’s leading consumer protection bodies.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">“I am, of course, sad to depart from the organisation but I leave with great satisfaction at what has been achieved”, says Phil. “And I would like to thank my colleagues for their dedication and support in helping to make the charity what it is today – a key player in UK consumer protection.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">During his tenure, Phil has overseen the charity extend its influence into Government policy; establish a major product safety conference; and create a series of campaigns placing product safety firmly on the media and political agenda.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10pt; padding: 0px 0px 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">“<span style="box-sizing: border-box; background: white;">We would all like to thank Phil for his hard work and dedication over the last decade”, adds Chair of Electrical Safety First’s Board, Alison Parkes. “Phil has been in the role of Chief Executive at the Charity during a period of intense change – yet one in which the organisation has always ‘punched above its weight. He is leaving the organisation with a recognised reputation in the field of electrical and consumer safety.”</span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/phil-buckle" hreflang="en">Phil Buckle</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Sat, 05 Oct 2019 11:42:19 +0000 gazza 8528 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Certsure, ECA and ESF propose to simplify who is deemed competent https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/certsure-eca-and-esf-propose-simplify-who-deemed-competent <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Certsure, ECA and ESF propose to simplify who is deemed competent</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 27/02/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/latest_mle_news_41.png?itok=8LknUrd_" width="750" height="499" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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<br /> 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.</p> <p>As leading bodies in the industry, Certsure, ECA and ESF have worked together to develop a blueprint which we believe will ensure that only qualified individuals with the right knowledge, skills and understanding are deemed competent to undertake electrotechnical work. This approach will help to drive up standards, works for industry, and aligns with Government policy on technical education standards and competence.</p> <p>We have put forward proposals to simplify yet strengthen entry requirements into the industry, and ensure consistency across all registration and certification bodies. This aligns with our thinking that all applicants to a scheme should be from one of two routes: the apprenticeship route, or the experienced worker route.</p> <p>The proposals will ensure that individuals seeking to become a qualified supervisor or electrical operative undertaking periodic inspection must have the following:</p> <ul><li>an electrotechnical apprenticeship (or proscribed alternative)</li> <li>a minimum of two years’ experience</li> <li>a recognised knowledge of the latest Wiring Regulations</li> <li>be well versed in inspection and testing electrotechnical installations</li> </ul><p>The proposal is fairly straightforward to implement for new applications. However, there remains a challenge for existing registrants. Our proposal is that there must be proportionate quality management systems, for new and existing registrants, in place for demonstrating business process and operative competence. This would need to be assessed in situ as part of the ongoing assessment process by registration and certification body assessors.</p> <p>We believe that this proposal is the best way to properly ensure the competence of the registered organisation, qualified supervisors, and operatives undertaking electrotechnical work and provide the consumer protections that are required.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/eca" hreflang="en">eca</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:58:10 +0000 gazza 8508 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical safety checks now mandatory https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-checks-now-mandatory <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical safety checks now mandatory</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 29/01/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Phil-Buckle-Electrical-Safety-First.jpg?itok=Q1oHfkSf" width="750" height="499" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Commenting on the</strong> <strong>Government’s announcement regarding mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, comments:</strong> “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.</p> <p>“Electrical Safety First has led the charge for this to be made a mandatory requirement for PRS homes in the UK and has successfully lobbied for them to be introduced in Scotland – with Wales and Northern Ireland set to follow suit.</p> <p>“Electricity causes almost half of all fires in UK homes, so it is time electrical safety is put on a par with that of gas – as PRS landlords have been required to make an annual gas safety check since the 1990s.</p> <p>“But it is essential that the Government provide clarity regarding how these inspections will be enforced – and that the enforcement body has sufficient funding to undertake its work effectively. We have also emphasised the importance of using an electrician who is qualified and assessed as competent, to undertake these essential safety checks.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/phil-buckle" hreflang="en">Phil Buckle</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/eicr" hreflang="en">eicr</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:04:14 +0000 gazza 8504 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/planned-legislation-giving-eu-consumers-right-repair <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 16/01/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/repair.jpg?itok=hFRo0tNP" width="750" height="499" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>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.</p> <p>“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.</p> <p>“There are a number of products which are not designed to be ‘user-serviced’ and it’s particularly difficult obtaining parts for many tech products, as the manufacturer often retains stock for in-house repairs only. But for many people now carrying their life in their mobile phone, for example, waiting a month for a repair via the manufacturer is inconceivable. Instead they are likely to take the faster, cheaper option, by using an unauthorised repair shop – which often use non-approved parts. Alternatively, consumers might buy a component online, to undertake the repair themselves.</p> <p>“However, these components can often be substandard, untested and potentially dangerous. And using a high street repairer is equally problematic. Without the technical expertise, equipment or experience, it is not surprising that complex repairs can be counter-productive, often creating further safety issues. </p> <p> “Electrical Safety First has been raising this issue with manufacturers for some time now and we are encouraging them to support a network of authorised repairers. We also want them to consider - when it makes economic and environmental sense - making products more accessible to self-maintenance. This would, we believe, provide consumers with a repair solution that meets their needs.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/right-repair" hreflang="en">right to repair</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/phil-buckle" hreflang="en">Phil Buckle</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-repair" hreflang="en">electrical repair</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:26:00 +0000 gazza 8502 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Over 65s in Wales in greater risk of Electrical Fire https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/over-65s-wales-greater-risk-electrical-fire <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Over 65s in Wales in greater risk of Electrical Fire</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 29/11/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/latest%20mle%20news.png?itok=oCveW5Nt" width="750" height="499" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>New research has found that if you are isolated and over 65 in Wales, you are at much greater risk from electrical fires. In fact, older people living alone experienced three times more electrical fires than the same age group who cohabit<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn1">[i]</a>.  Last year, a shocking <strong>311<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn2"><strong>[ii]</strong></a> </strong>accidental electrical fires occurred in the homes of older people in Wales. Of these, <strong>76%</strong> were in the homes of those living completely alone<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn3">[iii]</a>.</p> <p>The research – which was undertaken by leading consumer protection Charity, Electrical Safety First - surveyed Welsh adults over the age of 65, to determine how vulnerable those living alone feel about potential electric fires. Results showed that nearly 1 in 6 believed they would be less at risk if they were living with someone else<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn4">[iv]</a>.  It’s a view supported by government data - o<strong>f all the accidental electrical fires</strong> that occurred in Wales betwen 2016/17, nearly <strong>22% directly affected older people living alone<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn5"><strong>[v]</strong></a>.</strong></p> <p>Sadly, the Charity discovered that, on average, many older people go 6 months without seeing a family member, friend, or neighbour, who they rely on to check their electrics<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn6">[vi]</a>. With almost half of those surveyed admitting they do not know the warning signs of dangerous or damaged electrics<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn7">[vii]</a>, Electrical Safety First is urging people to pop in to see older relatives, friends and neighbours, to perform some basic electrical checks.</p> <p>“We are urging Welsh communities to visit older people who may be living alone”, said Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First. “Our findings revealing the disturbing number of electrical fires affecting this demographic but we can all do our part to address this issue. Checking in on your older neighbour, friend or relative won’t only help tackle loneliness but could save a life. You may discover something that prevents a serious incident from occurring and with your help, we can change things for the better.”</p> <p>Electrical Safety First has developed a range of tools and guides to help keep older people safe in their own homes. For more information, visit: <a href="https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-older-people/">https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-older-people/</a></p> <p>  </p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref1">[i]</a> Based on analysis of data provided by Stats Wales of all dwelling accidental electrical fires 2016/17 whereby people over a pensionable age cohabiting experienced 72 accidental electrical fires compared to 239 of those over a pensionable age living alone.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref2">[ii]</a> Based on analysis of data provided by Stats Wales of whereby 311 accidental fires occurred in dwellings whereby the ignition/power source was deemed electrical and the occupant was over a pensionable age.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref3">[iii]</a> Of these 311 accidental electrical fires that affected a person over a pensionable age 239 occurred in the homes of older people who lived completely alone.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref4">[iv]</a> Based on consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First surveying 1,000 people over the age of 65 in Great Britain. Of those surveyed in Wales who live alone 14.8% said they would feel less at risk of an electrical fire if they were to live with someone else.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref5">[v]</a> Based on analysis of Stats Wales fire data, 1,093 accidental electrical fires occurred in dwellings in Wales 2016/17 of which 239 occurred in the homes of people over a pensionable age living alone.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref6">[vi]</a> Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First whereby those over the age of 65 that rely solely on a friend, family member, neighbour or carer to check their electrics go on average, 26.81 weeks without seeing that person.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref7">[vii]</a> Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First whereby 46.9% of those surveyed in Wales said they did not know the warning signs something could be wrong with the electrics in their home.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-fire-safety" hreflang="en">electrical fire safety</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:38:35 +0000 gazza 8499 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical Safety First Urges Response To Review The Electrical Safety Of Tenants https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-first-urges-response-review-electrical-safety-tenants <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Safety First Urges Response To Review The Electrical Safety Of Tenants</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/02/2016</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/logo-electrical-safety-first.jpg?itok=JaHzd5Cz" width="750" height="499" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Department for Social Development’s (DSD) Review of the Role and Regulation of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will close on 5th February. So the charity, Electrical Safety First, is urging interested stakeholders to respond, if they haven’t already done so.<br /> From 2014 to 2015, over two-thirds (67%) of accidental fires in Northern Ireland were linked to electricity, with some of the worst cases of landlord neglect relating to poor electrical safety.<br /> Northern Ireland’s PRS has expanded rapidly and now accounts for over 16% of all housing stock, with the percentage of households in the sector doubling in the last ten years[1], “We were extremely pleased that the DSD’s review includes questions around the issue of regular electrical safety checks”, explains Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First. “We believe this safeguard will not only protect private renters but also their landlords, as it has been conservatively estimated that electricity causes £1Billion worth of damage to property in the UK.<br /> “We would urge all key stakeholders to respond to the review and help us ensure the safety of tenants and the protection of landlords’ property.”<br /> Electrical Safety First has been working with governments throughout the UK to develop legislation that will protect both landlords and tenants. It has called for mandatory, five yearly safety checks, by a registered electrician, of the electrical installation in all PRS properties - and any electrical appliance supplied with them.<br /> The Charity led a coalition of stakeholders to ensure regular electrical checks were included in last year’s Scottish Housing Act and it is hopeful that they will also be introduced in Wales via the new Renting Homes (Wales) Act, which has just received Royal Assent.<br /> Current regulations in Northern Ireland simply state that electrics in the PRS must be safe but do not specify a regular safety review – unlike those governing gas, where an annual gas safety certificate is required.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000 gazza 7812 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk