• Spreading the word about electrical safety

    Napit’s business relationship director, Ian Halton, believes it is truly important local authorities and landlords to understand the realities of keeping their properties electrically safe.

    "The issue of electrical safety is high up on the government agenda currently, with consultations in both England and Wales looking into tightening the regulations which surround the inspection and testing of electrical installations in privately rented properties. 

  • Mandatory checks backed by industry forum

    The government’s announcement it will bring in mandatory electrical checks in the Private Rented Sector has been welcomed by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR), which has been campaigning for the change for several years.

  • Winter warning on arctic grade flexibles

    The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is advising contractors and distributors to check their cable choices carefully following the discovery of significant quantities of substandard arctic grade flex this year.

    December has, to date, seen a continuation of the problem with suspected substandard arctic grade flex found on a central London installation where the cable caught fire (see images). The ACI is renewing its call for a sample of suspect cable to be sent to it for testing as soon as it is discovered.

  • Industry first: Electrical safety guidance for social housing

    Finally, guidance on how social housing providers should take care of the electrical installations they manage has been launched, with a reception at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

  • ECA backs Government plans for electrical safety in PRS

    ECA supports MHCLG move for mandated five-yearly electrical checks on privately rented properties.

  • UK home owners put their homes in danger by not regularly checking their appliances

    Research from the Consumer Protection Alliance has found that over half of Brits (55%) do not unplug electric appliances that are not designed to be left on, whilst 52% do not know how to test their smoke alarm for functionality.

  • Seaward sparks change in law

    A campaign led by UK electrical safety testing expert Seaward Electronic has sparked the introduction of tough new rules for landlords to keep private tenants safe.

  • Mandatory safety checks essential

    Electrical Safety First has weighed in on mandatory electrical safety checks in the public rented sector.

  • Danger, danger, high voltage

    Surprisingly, despite the dangers, high-voltage electrical engineering can often be one of the safest areas to work. While it might sound like a daunting way to spend your nine-to-five, John Smith, managing director at Smith Brothers, looks at some of the sector’s stringent health and safety regulations which protect workers – both on- and off-site.

  • Buyer beware 

    Deepak Sharad, category manager for final distribution at Schneider Electric, discusses the importance of making procurement safe for the 18th Edition.

  • Cleveland Cable Company becomes BASEC approved

    Cleveland Cable Company has been awarded the Registered Stockist certification status by BASEC.

  • Free electrical DMM with Fluke Connect-enabled clamp meter

    Until 30 June 2019, Fluke is offering a free Fluke 114 electrical digital multimeter (DMM) to purchasers of a Fluke Connect-enabled 376 FC series clamp meter.

  • Schools must focus on asbestos and electrical safety, says Bureau Veritas

    With the end of the summer term fast-approaching, Bureau Veritas is advising schools to kick off their annual holiday maintenance programmes with a focus on asbestos management and electrical safety.

  • ESF responds to new Consumer Scotland Bill

    Wayne Mackay, of Electrical Safety First, has responded to the publication of the Scottish government’s new Consumer Scotland Bill.

  • New three-phase active switch adapter from Metrel

    Brendan Beaver, manager of Metrel UK, explains how the company's new A1507 three-phase active switch adapter has been designed to make electrical testing of three phase circuits both simpler and safer.

  • Army buildings benefit from electrical lifecycle project

    A major lifecycle project co-ordinated by Aspire Defence Services Limited is delivering improvements to the electrical network of over 40 Army buildings at Warminster garrison in Wiltshire.

  • ESF seminar: Reducing risk for safer products

    Electrical Safety First, supported by the Office for Product Safety and Standards, will be holding a seminar on reducing risk for safer products.

  • NAPIT to continue to drive safety with new government

    NAPIT has pledged to continue its work with the new government, to drive forward electrical safety improvements and raise standards in the industry.

  • Changing times

    The Current War changed the world – now today’s electricians can continue to change it for the better, says Alan Wilson, managing director of SELECT.

  • Securing safety

    Campaigning charity Electrical Safety First is dedicated to reducing fires, accidents and deaths caused by electricity. Here, its technical director, Martyn Allen, outlines the ways in which the charity is working to ensure electrical safety. 

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