Scottish Joint Industry Board throws weight behind consultation for regulation of electricians

The Scottish Joint Industry Board places great emphasis on consultation on regulation of electricians

The Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) has added its voice to the parliamentary consultation on the regulation of electricians, claiming that protecting property would “greatly improve the protection and safety of consumers, customers and the public while discouraging the unskilled”.

Fiona Harper

The industry association added that any new system would bring significant economic benefits and help promote a “sustainable skills base”.

The SJIB made its wide-ranging comments as part of a full series of responses to the consultation on proposals for a Holyrood member’s bill on regulation, ending November 10th.

Fiona Harper, the secretary of the SJIB, said: “The promotion and use of registered electrical contractors with industry recognized qualifications would address the extent of poorly installed, defective and unsafe electrical work.

“The SJIB already manages the ECS [Electrotechnical Certification Scheme] This houses and recognizes the diverse range of electricians who work in the electrotechnical industry. With some additional protection measures, the SJIB could develop a very robust system with little additional cost. “

The Board’s response follows equally broad trade panel responses CHOOSE and an exclusive video interview in which Bill sponsors Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP stressed that this was a necessary measure in the interests of public safety.

The consultation is the culmination of a longstanding campaign that has received great support on the SELECT support wall. More than 100 prominent parliamentarians, industry experts and representatives of trade associations and professional associations have committed to their commitment.

Ms. Harper said, “SJIB electricians often express their concern and frustration that those who have not met established national and industrial standards and who are not qualified electricians can use the title of electrician.

“In such a highly qualified and safety-critical profession, this situation should be corrected and the title of electrician protected.”

She added, “If the existing SJIB framework is used, the perceived additional costs to government, businesses and individuals should be negligible and largely cost neutral.

“This would far outweigh the medium to long-term costs of poorly installed and maintained equipment, including the human cost and the tragedy of deaths from electrical fires and electric shocks.”

A comprehensive survey conducted in 2018 found that 7.1% of all fires in Scotland were caused by faulty electrical systems and that property damage caused by these fires was on the order of £ 9.6 million.

Ms. Harper said, “The skills of electricians will play a key role in creating a low carbon / climate neutral future, not least through the installation of constantly evolving environmental technologies and intelligent digital infrastructure.

“The registration and property protection of electricians will add to the importance attached to the profession and complement the need and pursuit of a sustainable skill base.”

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