Over 25% of all fires in Europe each year are caused by an electrical defect, according to the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. Despite huge advances in safety measures such as smoke detectors, these accidents still result in 4,000 deaths, 70,000 hospital admissions and property damage rising as high as €126bn.

News this week has revealed energy regulator Ofgem has adjusted its safeguard tariff, controlling the maximum price of each unit of energy.

In one of its twice yearly adjustments, the regulator says the increase is justified, with £47 a year due to higher wholesale energy costs on a variable tariff with safeguard tariff rising to £1,136 in October for pre-paid fuel.

With the current 2018 record-breaking summer heatwave potentially stretching on into August, Bsria has created a seven steps to surviving in buildings, factory, office and workplace alike guide:

* Installation of external solar shading – technicalities, practicalities and location allowing. 

* Installing glazing that reduces solar gain – possibly 'green' foil that reflects high levels of radiant heat.

Select, a campaigning body for the electro-technical trade in Scotland, has been updating its members on key points from the newly launched 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations.

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) will be demonstrating its new ECS Check service on stand BT163 at this year’s Building Tech Live within UK Construction Week. 

The online system allows main contractors and clients to verify the skills and qualifications of electrotechnical personnel working on their construction projects. 

Large employers are now able to transfer their levy funds to other organisations.

DTL (Development Training Ltd) has cautioned firms will have to manage the process well to maximise the potential business benefits. It also warned the move is adding more complexity to a system that many employers have had difficulty in understanding.

TE Connectivity (TE) and ABB announce TE has closed its previously announced acquisition of ABB’s ENTRELEC terminal block business.

“We are combining two portfolios that will be more competitive under TE’s ownership,” said Tarak Mehta, president of ABB's Electrification Products division. “This transaction demonstrates ABB’s commitment to active portfolio management, a key element of our Next Level strategy”.

Nearly two thirds of UK consumers have not heard of the ‘halogen lamp ban’

With the sixth stage of the ErP Regulation (EC) 244/2009 coming into force on 1 September 2018, prohibiting certain inefficient non-directional Halogen lamps on the market, LEDVANCE conducted a consumer study that has revealed a lack of knowledge about the ban in Europe.

ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT) today announced an investment in Critical Manufacturing, S.A. (Critical Manufacturing), a developer and publisher of manufacturing execution systems (MES). Critical Manufacturing has expertise in the integration and networking of machines and systems, as well as IT systems and cloud solutions. This investment would accelerate ASMPT’s efforts to build a portfolio of Industry 4.0 solutions and will boost ASMPT’s software competence in enabling smart factories. 

A national training provider to the utilities sector has won a contract from Skills Development Scotland to deliver Modern Apprenticeships.

 The new round of funding will cover at least 45 new apprenticeship places.

Over 10,000 ECS cardholders have signed up to become ECS Registered Electricians since the initiative was launched last October. 

The JIB established ECS Registered Electrician status to recognise those who are not only working at the industry-recognised Level 3 status, but also have the current edition of the Wiring Regulations. 

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