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Urgent Revision of Part P of the Building Regulations

2 Comments 1st July 2010

Where an electrical installer can demonstrate competency through suitable experience and qualification in executing domestic electrical work currently falling under Part P of the Building Regulations 2000, there should be no requirement for notification and/or scrutiny of such works by third parties i.e. LABC and Competent Person accreditation bodies. Instead, provision of the recognised certification and reporting documentation contained in BS7671 shall be fully adequate in demonstrating work has been completed to the required standard and form part of the legally binding contract between those ordering and those executing such works. Third party notification shall only become applicable when the person(s) executing such works have no ability to demonstrate compliance with BS7671through lack of experience and qualification.

Why does this matter?

Part P of the Building Regulations is an ill-conceived piece of legislation which is even worse in practice. It causes major headaches for LABC and fully-qualified electricians alike. The only people to profit in any way from its introduction are the accreditation bodies, by imposing financial and administration burdens upon qualified people, often up and above the actual requirements of the Building Regulations themselves. Quite often these accreditation bodies have less knowledge, qualifications, and experience than those they seek to “accredit”. Far from improving electrical standards in the domestic arena, much of the industry’s best talent now avoid this sector which has had the reverse effect. Instead, the householder turns to alternatives, including attempting the work themselves or using non-accredited (possibly unqualified) “electricians” to avoid the added costs that the hapless accredited counterpart has to try to recoup. Many experienced electricians have thrown in the towel altogether, adding to the nation’s paucity of engineering skill-base. Who can blame them? From 01 Jan 2005 they became potential criminals overnight if putting an additional socket in their own kitchen, and to avoid this had to hand-over cash to accreditation bodies whose whole ethos is to make an easy living from someone else’s hard work and stress. As a consultant electrical engineer I am trusted to work in the biopharmaceutical industry where a single electrical failure may cost £5 million, and rob the world of life-saving vaccines, yet despite having ALL the relevant qualifications and experience cannot install sockets in my garden shed unless I am to be both scrutinised – and pay for the privilege. Ridiculous legislation introduced by clueless people and supported by harpies.

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2 Responses to Urgent Revision of Part P of the Building Regulations

  1. Kevin Wharton says:

    Massive money making scam for the likes of the NICEIC/NAPIT/ECA et all.
    Scrap Part P ASAP.

  2. ANthony Stanners says:

    I have to agree that scrapping Part P would be a fine idea. Like other posters I have a degree in electrical and electronic engineering and my garden shed does not have a socket. If it did it would be installed on an RCD protected cct etc etc. Instead, members of the family run extension cords out through windows (in spite of my protestations) from unprotected sockets.

    Which is really safer i ask!!!

    i could go on and on and on and on …

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