Electricians overwhelmingly again regulating the sector in Scotland
An industry body representing people who work in the Scottish electricity sector said regulation of the electrical industry is “overwhelmingly industry-supportive”.
Now the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) is calling on more professionals to make their voices heard, which is vital in protecting consumers.
In a consultation that was concluded in November, 90% of respondents welcomed the move.
Fiona Harper, SJIB secretary, said it was encouraging to see such a high level of response as a broad cross section of the industry is interested in their future.
She said, “It was equally gratifying to see that the vast majority of responses were positive about the need for regulation and that property protection for the electrician profession is overwhelmingly supportive.
“The responses show that there is a real appetite to get a bill through the Scottish Parliament as soon as possible to ensure consumer safety and the integrity of the electrical sector in Scotland.”
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Harper, who is also Director of Employment and Skills at Trade Body Select, urged electricians to have their say in a second regulatory consultation launched by Minister for the Economy, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn.
“These consultations are an important step towards a safer industry and we look forward to welcoming a new dawn for electricians and their customers in Scotland,” said Harper. “At the moment, anyone can claim to be an electrician and work on an electrical system.
“It cannot be right that those who have completed a full training and work safely and competently in the industry can be at risk from those who call themselves electricians but have no or insufficient qualifications.”
Harper added, “According to industry research, the net benefits to Scotland of properly regulating electricians will total around £ 58 million.”
“We would also benefit from higher electrical standards, a reduction in the number of injuries and deaths, better functioning installations, less need for callbacks or repairs to poor / unsafe work, which would result in improved customer satisfaction.”