reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations
make life harder for ‘cowboys’ to leave electrical installations in an unsafe condition
Why should I use a Competent Person?
A firm registered as a ‘competent person’:
Can deal with all the new rules for you.
Is qualified to carry out electrical work to BS 7671, the national safety standard
Will give you a certificate to confirm their work follows the new rules
Using a ‘competent person’ ensures that:
You do not have to pay Building Control charges
You have the option of taking out an insurance-backed guarantee for the work
You have access to a formal complaints procedure if you are not happy with the work
Part P of the building regulations has been introduced to protect the consumer:
To reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by faulty electrical installations
To make it harder for ‘cowboys’ to leave electrical installations in an unsafe condition
If you decide against using a registered firm to carry out any work for you, bear in mind the following points:
There is no guarantee that the electrical installation is safe
You will have no official record of the work you’ve had carried out
You may have difficulty selling your home if you do not have the right electrical safety certificates
Your local authority’s Building Control Department may insist that you put right any faulty work
Failing to comply with the Building Regulations is a criminal offence; however, registration with a Competent Person scheme is not compulsory. If you decide to use a firm that has not registered as a Competent Person, you must ensure that the firm has submitted notification of the work and arranged for it to be inspected and certified by your local authority’s Building Control Department on completion.
Each year, on average, 10 people die and around 750 are injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home. In addition to this, 2,336 house fires were caused by faulty installations in 2003.
In the future, risks could well increase as rising consumer ownership of portable and fixed electrical appliances causes extra demand for extensions and alterations to existing electrical installations.
The risks posed by unsafe electrical installations and portable appliances are electric shock, burns and other injuries arising from fires in buildings ignited by electrical components overheating or building up dangerous currents causing ‘arcing’. Installations that are properly designed, fitted, tested and commissioned in accordance with British Standard BS 7671 (a requirement of Part P) will help minimise these risks.
BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations
The IEE Wiring Regulations is the British standard that covers the safe design, installation and testing of electrical installations in building systems. It is the technical standard specified, almost universally, in UK contracts for electrical installation work. It is also the basis for the approved technical guidance to meet the electrical requirements of the Building Regulations so it is for this reason that a Competent Person will issue you with a BS 7671 certificate on completion of any work.
S Cowle Electrical Ltd are Registered Members of ECA Reg No. 107010
ELECSA PART P Approved Contractor
Company Registration Number in England and Wales 1204553 VAT No. 282 7713 38
Our company is built on the principles of supplying quality products and providing reliable service. Our diversified product range continues to grow by following trends, improving our standard products, and listening to the customer. Our unique service has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients.