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Just one in 16 firms back wiring regulations changes

Aug 2017 Latest News, Legislation | Comments Off on Just one in 16 firms back wiring regulations changes

Just one in 16 electrotechnical businesses (6%) from across the entire industry ‘absolutely support’ the proposed 18th Edition update to the wiring regulations, according to major new survey findings from the ECA.

Nearly three in 10 respondents (28%) said the planned changes were unfavourable’ or were ‘strongly opposed’ to them. Six in 10 firms (61%) said they ‘somewhat supported’ the proposals.

Almost half of firms (46%) said they believed the 18th Edition would ‘increase business burdens’, while over seven in 10 respondents (71%) said it would ‘make the design and install process more complex’.

ECA head of technical Steve Martin said: “These findings should be seen as a wake-up call to those determined to push ahead with the proposed changes to the wiring regulations. It’s vital the voices of electrotechnical businesses and electricians are heard during this process.

“The ECA has a place on the wiring regulations committee and we will use this opportunity to ensure any design solutions are practical for installers and contractors. In the meantime, we urge businesses to feed back directly to BSI about the proposed changes.”

The proposed changes are currently out for public consultation until 23 August via the British Standards Institute (BSI). To offer feedback about the proposals, go to https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/9017-00574.

The industry ‘JPEL 64’ committee will then consider any feedback before the end of 2017. The final 18th Edition will be published in June 2018, before coming into force in January 2019. Some 533 electrotechnical businesses responded to the ECA survey during June and July, including M&E engineers and contractors, consultants, facilities managers and clients.

As part of the ECA’s #Project18 Wiring Regulations campaign, a number of informative bitesize videos have been produced to help the industry get up to speed with the proposed changes. Go to www.eca.co.uk/project18 for more information.