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Building Regulations Applying to Electrical and Gas Installation and Repairs in Dwellings

HC 1851, Tenth Report of Session 2010-12 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

Author:
House of Commons - Communities and Local Government Committee
Publisher:
TSO (The Stationery Office)

'Building Regulations Applying to Electrical and Gas Installation and Repairs in Dwellings (HC 1851)' concludes that far too many homeowners do not appreciate either the dangers of using sub-standard engineers or their own liability when it comes to faulty gas and electrical work.

Labelling on electrical equipment sold by DIY stores must be used to warn that it is illegal for an unregistered person to carry out most electrical works in the home. In addition, public awareness about the risk of the odourless, invisible and potentially lethal carbon monoxide fumes must be raised to increase safety.

The Government must co-ordinate a concerted effort by key industry organisations to raise public awareness levels on these crucial issues. To that end the Committee recommends that sockets and other electrical equipment sold by DIY stores for electrical installations should carry a health warning that it is illegal for an unregistered person to carry out most electrical works in the home without checks being completed to meet the requirements of the Building Control service. The Committee will be writing to all of the key electrical/DIY stores to highlight this recommendation.

In its current consultation exercise into Building Regulations, the Government has examined further deregulation of Part P (see below), which focuses on electrical installation and repair. The Committee highlights how evidence gathered since the introduction of these rules demonstrated that deaths and injuries due to electrical faults have decreased.

De-regulation can only be supported if there is clear evidence that safety standards would not suffer, but such evidence has not been provided by the Government.

Extent 100 pages ISBN 9780215043511
Size A4 Price £15.50
Format Paperback Published 30 Mar 2012
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