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New recommendations for installer safety in buildings

03 September 2019

A new report called Raising the Bar has been published by the Steering Group on Competence for ‘Building a Safer Future’.  This report, issued in August, is open for consultation until 18 October. It includes recommendations for an ‘Installer Competence Framework’, to be monitored in due course by a new Building Regulator.

Five key recommendations in Raising the Bar aim to ensure installer competency through a combination of:

  1. Accredited Third-Party Certification of (employer) companies;
  2. Level 2 or 3 Qualifications for individuals;
  3. Card scheme (bearing the CSCS logo and including CSCS affiliates such as ECS);
  4. CPD, for example as delivered by refresher training; and
  5. All installers to have a core knowledge of relevant factors relating to fire safety in buildings.

ECA supports these five key recommendations in principle and will be working with government, its departments, and industry partners to ensure these measures deliver the high level of fire and electrical safety envisaged by the ‘Raising the Bar’ report.

Any views on the consultation should be emailed to by 18 October.

Raising the Bar follows on from ‘Building a Safer Future’, the government’s recommendations for the comprehensive overhaul of the fire safety regulatory regime in higher risk residential buildings, following the comprehensive independent review by Dame Judith Hackitt. 

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