• Amendment to IET Wiring Regulations – are you compliant?

    As the latest amends to the IET Wiring Regulations come into effect, Steve Marr – an expert in power distribution at Legrand, has called on designers to make sure they are aware of the changes and to ensure they comply.

  • Counterfeit publications

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has urged all electrical professionals to ensure that they are using genuine copies of its current IET Wiring Regulations.

    The call comes as the IET has been made aware of a number of counterfeit copies of its publications for sale through various channels. It warns that following misinformation in these fake copies could be devastating for electrical professionals and the general public at large – with missing or corrupted information potentially leading to unsafe work being carried out which could result in fire, electric shock or even death in the most extreme cases.

  • Counterfeit publications

    I received an email this week from a reader commenting on a story we featured in our September issue - http://www.electricalreview.co.uk/news/10745-counterfeit-publications

    The reader, who did not wish to be named, wrote: "I could hardly believe my eyes when I read your warning of counterfeit wiring rules.
    The problem of course is the very high price the IET has placed upon the book knowing that they will sell many copies. Getting people to read it is perhaps another subject.
    I had a look on Google to see what price is now being asked and noticed the list of customers reviews. This one sums it up very well:

    'This is an absolute racket. An overpriced, modestly updated, language-mangling, revenue-generating, time-thief of a book that spawns an industry of courses, guides and guidance notes. The IET could literally send out a couple of photocopied pages detailing the actual changes, like they had to a few years ago when the regs were published with some hideously embarrassing mistakes. (Like forgetting what a ring was.) Still, I shall chuck more than a hundred quid at it to satisfy Napit, and it is a lovely shade of yellow. As a lovely design detail, all IET publications disintegrate after you've had the temerity to check a few things in there'

    Surely it is time these regulations were available on line and simple enough for the average electrician to understand. Perhaps the counterfeit edition is in simple English” the ER reader continued.

    I would be very interested to hear your views on the matter.

  • Digital transformation of built environment sector

    The IET is hoping to be heavily involved in any digital transformation of the built environment.

    Rick Hartwig, IET policy lead for built environment, said: “We are inspired by the ambition of the sector deal. The IET is looking forward to playing a role in improving the quality of our built environment and making a step change in productivity. We aim to support the digital transformation of the sector.

  • Full steam ahead

    Electricians can keep up to speed with the 18th Edition Wiring Regs, with a new online course provided by the IET.

    The course is suitable for those needing working knowledge of BS 7671, including electrical installers, designers, specifiers and those working in the inspection and testing of electrical equipment, and will prepare electricians for the City & Guilds 2382:18 exam.

  • Industry guidance on 18th Edition

    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.

  • A step in the right direction

    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.

  • Renovating retrofit

    The UK cannot build its way to a low-carbon future without retrofitting the UK’s old, cold homes to meet 2050 climate targets, a new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Nottingham Trent University states.

  • Engineers straight into fourth in the truth league table

    Engineering is the fourth most trusted profession in the UK, a new truth league table has revealed.

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) worked with the 2018 Ipsos MORI Veracity Index, which has been tracking the latest movements in Briton’s trust in the key professions since the 1980s, to have engineering included for the very first time./p>

  • EMC training day to take place at Silverstone

    Rohde & Schwarz today announced Demystifying EMC 2019, featuring presentations on subjects from CISPR standardisation work to BREXIT, will take place on 28 January 2019 at Silverstone. Participants will receive updates on regulations and standards, brush up on good practice in circuit design, see practical demonstrations – and IET members will be able to collect CPD points.

  • Are you 18th Edition complaint?

    With the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations introduced earlier this month, Bureau Veritas is urging the industry to lead the way in best practice by not only ensuring compliance with mandatory requirements, but also the non-compulsory recommendations suggested in the new standard.