The Electrical Safety
Roundtable (ESR) hosted the fringe event Electrical
Safety: Why Regulations Matter at both the Labour Conference in Brighton
and the Conservative Conference in Manchester during September.
The panel included
politicians, such as Roberta Blackman-Woods, Shadow Communities and Local
Government Minister and Peter Aldous MP, as well as representatives from NAPIT,
the LABC, the Chief Fire Officers Association and the IET, all present to
discuss key issues affecting electrical safety in the home.
The issues raised
included concerns over the dilution of Part P of the Building Regulations, the
importance of individual competence and the possible ways of improving Building
Regulation enforcement. Consensus on the importance of raising consumer
awareness about electrical safety in the home and the need for industry
collaboration to help achieve this was evident throughout both events and the ESR
was congratulated on its activities to help realise this.
Chairman of the
Electrical Safety Roundtable, Chris Bielby, said:
We are pleased with how well
the events have been received and, in particular, Roberta Blackman-Woods’
interest in reviewing the dilution of Part P. We got our key messages out to a
number of influential stakeholders at the party conferences and successfully
raised awareness of the important issues surrounding electrical safety in the
is of central importance to the electrical industry. These fringe events were
an ideal opportunity for us to ensure MPs hear an industry perspective on the
fine balance of risk and responsibility involved in regulatory change.
Operating Officer, Martin Bruno, said:
It was an honour to sit on the panel of
the Electrical Safety Roundtable fringe events at this yearʼs party
conferences. It proved a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of issues
surrounding electrical safety in the home and to highlight NAPITʼs views on topics
such as individual competence. I hope this will be one of many opportunities to
continue to bang the drum for policy changes which will make our industry