The latest Electrical Safety
Roundtable meeting took place in July in Westminster and was attended by
representatives of the All Party Energy Group, the Chief Fire Officers
Association, the Competent Person Forum, Ecuity, the Electrical Safety Council,
the Gas Safety Trust, LABC, the NAPIT Trade Association, NHIC, Megger, Stroma,
Hampshire Trading Standards and NAPIT.
The three key objectives of the
ESR are to:
the changes to Part P
- promote the
need for individual competence
- investigate the viability of
introducing more stringent building control measures.
At the meeting groups looked at
ways of achieving each of these objectives.
An important issue raised was the
necessity of collecting evidence on cowboy practice and how best this could be
achieved. In order to campaign for more stringent building control measures,
evidence is required to highlight the extent to which cowboy practice is taking
One suggestion was to collect
this on a Wall of Shame, to be gathered with the help of NAPIT members.
NAPIT members can support this by
continuing to submit examples of bad practice to the Bodger Watch feature in
The Competent Person. A prize will be offered for the best examples submitted
to the magazine.
The next ESR meeting is due to
take place in October when progress on the objectives will be reported.