Gas and Electrical DIY Work to Be Labelled as Illegal


Gas and electrical work is crucial for the health and safety of every household and must not be underestimated at any time – MPs have warned.

The Communities and Local Government Committee recently produced a report looking at the potential risks of doing DIY work in high risk level trades such as gas and electrics. The report also aims to raise public awareness about health and safety procedures, as well as encouraging people to work more responsively.

The report suggests that electrical equipment sold in DIY stores should be labelled with signs, warning that it is illegal for a none qualified person to carry out electrical work in the home, such as the installation of electrical sockets. It also states that all electrical checks need to meet the requirements of the Building Control Service.

The Committee estimates that too many home owners do not realise the danger of undertaking gas and electric work in their homes. It also concludes that too often people are using sub –standard engineers who do not take full liability for faulty gas or electrical work.

Clive Betts, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, said that more needs to be done to alert households of the dangers of using sub-standard electricians. He also emphasised the importance of completing regular maintenance checks on electrical circuits in the home.

Mr Betts said: “The committee will be writing to all the big electrical/DIY stores to highlight this key recommendation. Such labelling is vital to reinforce the important message to the general public that they must use a registered electrician to carry out electrical work in the home. It will also reinforce a broader health and safety message that electrical work can potentially be extremely hazardous.”

What do you think about the report by the Communities and Local Government Committee to label all electrical equipment sold in DIY stores?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below: 

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Posted on April 3, 2012, in DIY, Electrical News, electrician, electrician jobs, Government, Heath and Safety, Politics, t4ts, train4tradeskills, Train4TradeSkills News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It’s all well and good that it is a step forward to stopping DIYers, but I am a FULLY Qualified FULL-SCOPE Domestic Installer and I just cannot join a competent persons scheme because I cannot afford it. And that also gets my goat a bit, because does it mean that I’m not a legit Electrician, just because I haven’t got a NICEIC or NAPPIT or ELECSA badge on my T-shirt? I might as well down tools now and forget my career!

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