This week I attended a training day with a few hundred other Midlands based electricians, offering guidance on the changes to the Wiring Regulations now that the 2nd Amendment has come into force.
So the technical name of the current wiring regulations is BS7671:2018+A2:2022
It’s a bit of a mouthful and at more than 600 pages long, is not an easy document to get your head around, hence the need for further training. The latest amendment introduces many changes, including the necessity in many cases to include Arc Fault Detection devices onto circuits, as well as clarifying when surge protection is required (almost always).
So it’s important to check that your electrician is up to speed with the regular changes that come with the development of new technology, and requirements introduced in response to events such as the Grenfell inquiry. This will help to ensure that you are getting compliant work carried out in your property. It’s crucial that the person carrying out electrical work for you is trained, keeps updating that training, and is able to show that they are qualified to carry out the work. Membership of a self certification scheme such as NAPIT or NICEIC is one way for the general public to check that the person doing your work satisfies these requirements. Such members have annual inspections, checks that insurance and training are up to date and that policies intended to protect the customer are in place. As a company registered with NAPIT I am able to certify your work and notify the Local Authority Building Control (of any work required to be notified).
Here are the links to the self certification schemes where you can search for your contractor by company name, location or should you know it, their membership number.