Allow light switches and electricity plugs in the bathroom

Today, you are not allowed to have electricity (except safe plugs) or light switches in bathrooms. Houses either have long strings to turn on lights or have to keep switches outside the bathroom. You should be allowed to have electricity in the bathroom so you can plug in electric shavers and toothbrushes, and electric switches should be allowed inside the bathroom.

Why is this idea important?

Today, you are not allowed to have electricity (except safe plugs) or light switches in bathrooms. Houses either have long strings to turn on lights or have to keep switches outside the bathroom. You should be allowed to have electricity in the bathroom so you can plug in electric shavers and toothbrushes, and electric switches should be allowed inside the bathroom.

Allow Own Electrical DIY

Recent laws make it illegal to do any electrical DIY more complex than changing a plug. A qualified electrician must be used.

A full time Electrical Engineeers who designs missile systems would not be allowed to add a simple junction box or change a one way light swich for a 2 way one. Likewise someone with a science degree. Or a garage mechanic who specialises in car electrics.

This is absurd and out of all proportion to the number of actual accidents over the past 10 years.

In fact it is nothing more than back door closed shop rules and restraint of trade.

Why is this idea important?

Recent laws make it illegal to do any electrical DIY more complex than changing a plug. A qualified electrician must be used.

A full time Electrical Engineeers who designs missile systems would not be allowed to add a simple junction box or change a one way light swich for a 2 way one. Likewise someone with a science degree. Or a garage mechanic who specialises in car electrics.

This is absurd and out of all proportion to the number of actual accidents over the past 10 years.

In fact it is nothing more than back door closed shop rules and restraint of trade.

restore rights to DIY home improvements

Scrap existing laws that prevent houseowners from carrying out work on their property including

replacing doors and windows and carrying out electrical work (both currently illegal) these are a an infringement of basic rights of individuals to maintain their own property.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap existing laws that prevent houseowners from carrying out work on their property including

replacing doors and windows and carrying out electrical work (both currently illegal) these are a an infringement of basic rights of individuals to maintain their own property.

CE Marking imposed on small manufacturers over the last 10 years has killed Creativity, Productivity and lost Jobs!

CE Marking conformity assessments and examination facilities for EMC, R&TTE and LVD are simply too expensive at around 500 to 5000 pounds for the small manufacturer making one offs or small runs. These facilities need to be made available to all small manufacturers at a reasonable price. I don’t think the examinations should be for free, but I do think that they should be made at a cost that is affordable, maybe for the same price as a car MOT examination. Ofcom, Universities and some technical colleges have the test equipment to make these assessments and examinations very easily. Such an examination could be made in 1 to 2 hours. I know Ofcom have regional offices all over the UK in the major cities for policing communications in those areas. It is also Ofcom that is responsible for monitoring compliance with the EMC and R&TTE directives. Without evidence of this compliance you cannot CE Mark your product and therefore you cannot place it on the market. Surely it must be possible to make a program or process where the small manufacturer can take new designs for assessment and examination at the regional Ofcom offices for a small fee that will cover the cost of the time used by the of Ofcom employee. This would not result in any further cost to the taxpayer, in fact if enough assessments were made Ofcom may make a profit, this would open the market up to small manufacturers with new inventions, innovations and ideas that would lead to more jobs and skills.

Why is this idea important?

CE Marking conformity assessments and examination facilities for EMC, R&TTE and LVD are simply too expensive at around 500 to 5000 pounds for the small manufacturer making one offs or small runs. These facilities need to be made available to all small manufacturers at a reasonable price. I don’t think the examinations should be for free, but I do think that they should be made at a cost that is affordable, maybe for the same price as a car MOT examination. Ofcom, Universities and some technical colleges have the test equipment to make these assessments and examinations very easily. Such an examination could be made in 1 to 2 hours. I know Ofcom have regional offices all over the UK in the major cities for policing communications in those areas. It is also Ofcom that is responsible for monitoring compliance with the EMC and R&TTE directives. Without evidence of this compliance you cannot CE Mark your product and therefore you cannot place it on the market. Surely it must be possible to make a program or process where the small manufacturer can take new designs for assessment and examination at the regional Ofcom offices for a small fee that will cover the cost of the time used by the of Ofcom employee. This would not result in any further cost to the taxpayer, in fact if enough assessments were made Ofcom may make a profit, this would open the market up to small manufacturers with new inventions, innovations and ideas that would lead to more jobs and skills.

Has Portable Appliance Testing Passed It’s Sell By Date?

Repeal the law that forces businesses to have all their portable electrical equipment tested once a year.

The design of electrical equipment has moved on since this was first introduced with most appliances supplied with sealed plug units.

The contractor who does this fails a very low percentage of equipment (less than 1%), often personal items brought in by employees like radios and kettles. Which they then take home and use without any problems.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the law that forces businesses to have all their portable electrical equipment tested once a year.

The design of electrical equipment has moved on since this was first introduced with most appliances supplied with sealed plug units.

The contractor who does this fails a very low percentage of equipment (less than 1%), often personal items brought in by employees like radios and kettles. Which they then take home and use without any problems.

Reduce the effects of Part P biulding regulations.

The biulding regulations part P severely restrict what DIY work can be done on domestic electrical installations without the involvement of biulding control.

Prior to the introduction of these regulations, there was on average 1 death per year caused by faulty electrical installation work.

The introduction of these these regualtions have the following negative effects:

The forcing of competent DIY for follow inconvenient and expensive processes in order for work to be lega.

The increase in proffessional overheads of electricians to remain certified to perfom work.

The increase of cost to the customer who merely wishes to empoy a competent handyman to perform work during which minor electrical alterations/installations have to be performed. 

The driving underground of work by uncertified tradesmen who may or may not be competent ,but undercut the certified professional. 

Why is this idea important?

The biulding regulations part P severely restrict what DIY work can be done on domestic electrical installations without the involvement of biulding control.

Prior to the introduction of these regulations, there was on average 1 death per year caused by faulty electrical installation work.

The introduction of these these regualtions have the following negative effects:

The forcing of competent DIY for follow inconvenient and expensive processes in order for work to be lega.

The increase in proffessional overheads of electricians to remain certified to perfom work.

The increase of cost to the customer who merely wishes to empoy a competent handyman to perform work during which minor electrical alterations/installations have to be performed. 

The driving underground of work by uncertified tradesmen who may or may not be competent ,but undercut the certified professional. 

Certification of electrical works in homes

I am a retired electrical engineer.  Any work I do at home (such as installing a new socket or re-wiring a lighting circuit) has to be certified by someone less qualified than I am simply because I don't have the hundreds of pounds necessary to keep my Certification up to date.

The death and fire rates from accidents have not reduced since this regulation was introduced. The only reason for the regulation was so that the Electrical Industry could make more money out of training and certification.  It never was a major safety issue.

Why is this idea important?

I am a retired electrical engineer.  Any work I do at home (such as installing a new socket or re-wiring a lighting circuit) has to be certified by someone less qualified than I am simply because I don't have the hundreds of pounds necessary to keep my Certification up to date.

The death and fire rates from accidents have not reduced since this regulation was introduced. The only reason for the regulation was so that the Electrical Industry could make more money out of training and certification.  It never was a major safety issue.

Remove the electrical safety requirements – part P of the Building Regulations

this is red tape gone mad!! You cant even install a basic fan or shower in your bathroom now DIY because of some EU beaurocracy gone made, its elf and safety gone mad, we must get rid of this rule now

Why is this idea important?

this is red tape gone mad!! You cant even install a basic fan or shower in your bathroom now DIY because of some EU beaurocracy gone made, its elf and safety gone mad, we must get rid of this rule now

Relax the qualified persons for Electrical work in the house

Relax the part 'P' regulations with regards to the qualified persons requirement for Electrical work in the house to a competent person.

This should include someone who has HNC/D, Degree, similar qualification or a specifically designed qualification (that can be taken at a tech college at a reasonable cost) or work experience/training dealing with Electronics or Electrical design or installation.

 

Why is this idea important?

Relax the part 'P' regulations with regards to the qualified persons requirement for Electrical work in the house to a competent person.

This should include someone who has HNC/D, Degree, similar qualification or a specifically designed qualification (that can be taken at a tech college at a reasonable cost) or work experience/training dealing with Electronics or Electrical design or installation.

 

Discontinue Part P Buildings Regs

This regulation requires electrical work either notified in advance to the building control authorities or done by an electrician who can self certify. Local authorities did not receive additional funding to support the scheme when it was introduced, and it presents a unnecessary level of bureaucracy for electricians and competent homeowners to go through. It does nothing to prevent cowboy builders or DIY bodgers.

Why is this idea important?

This regulation requires electrical work either notified in advance to the building control authorities or done by an electrician who can self certify. Local authorities did not receive additional funding to support the scheme when it was introduced, and it presents a unnecessary level of bureaucracy for electricians and competent homeowners to go through. It does nothing to prevent cowboy builders or DIY bodgers.