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Make your voice heard on proposals for 18th Edition

Jun 2017 Latest News | Comments Off on Make your voice heard on proposals for 18th Edition

NICEIC and ELECSA are urging all electrical contractors to contribute to the public consultation on the proposed changes to the 18th Edition of the wiring regulations.

The 18th edition of BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations is due out in July 2018. It will become the new national standard for all electrical installation work.

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has recently launched a Draft for Public Comment (DPC) whereby contractors can get an early opportunity to see the proposed changes and have the chance to comment on them.

Alan Wells, technical standards director at Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, said: “It is essential that anyone who feels that they have something to contribute to the draft BS7671 standard makes full use the public comment period to comment on its provisions.”

The ECA has responded to the consultation by launching a new campaign to raise awareness of the 18th edition – #Project18 – which includes a series of bitesize video updates on the planned changes and a survey for the entire industry to provide feedback.

The videos can be found on the ECA’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/ECALive. The survey should take around 10 minutes to finish, and respondents will be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. The survey runs until 3 July.

ECA head of technical Steve Martin commented: “#Project18 is an exciting new campaign that aims to raise awareness of the 18th edition.

“The ECA aims to support members and the wider industry by providing guidance and ensuring that the interests of businesses are represented effectively during the public consultation and beyond.”

And Hager has pledged to support its customers and partners through the process towards the final publication of the 18th edition. Technical support and training manager Paul Collins commented: “Hager will be working closely with all sections of the industry to both explain what the changes will entail, and offer advice around practical implementation and product selection.

“Initial understanding ahead of the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) indicates that areas under consideration include updated guidance on surge protection and the inclusion of a new section that will cover energy efficiency considerations as part of the electrical design process.

“Hager intends to fully support the sector and is investing substantial time and resources to deliver a highly qualified knowledge hub, allowing questions to be answered and potential misunderstandings to be clarified.”

Contractors can make their own minds up about the proposals and add their comments at https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com. The closing date for comments is August 23.