Gate installers required to complete
Part P Electrical Certificates from
January 1st 2005. For electrical contractors..
In line with new policy provided through
government approval - there is a whole
new standard expected by electrical
installers when completing Electrical
installation works. (including entrance
automation) In accordance with directives
issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister through the NICEIC the responsibilities
for electrical installers has changed
for the better.
The above image provides a weblink through
to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,
and you can read/download the details
in Acrobat PDF format by clicking on
the link here.
In short, we shall summarise in the
column below and the next column:
and understanding of Part P should
be of paramount importance for the
safety of you and your customers.
Particular attention should be paid
if you carry out work in kitchens,
bathrooms or other areas where water
is present. The utmost care and attention
should be applied to the design and
construction of electrical installation
work, including minor work, in these
locations, where the consequences
of faulty electrical installations
work can be far more severe.
Competent businesses that carry out
electrical installation work follow
the national standard for the safety
of electrical installations (BS 7671)
on a voluntary basis. However, when
Part P is introduced, the assurance
of electrical safety in homes will
become a legal requirement.
What is Part P?
Part P of the Building Regulations
is a new electrical safety requirement,
which requires that:
‘Fixed electrical installations in
dwellings shall be suitably designed,
installed, inspected and tested so
as to provide reasonable protection
against there being the source of
a fire or a cause of injury to persons'.
Part P will apply to all fixed electrical
installation work in dwellings in
England and Wales, whether carried
out professionally, whether or not
the work is minor in nature, and whether
or not the work is notifiable to a
building control body.
is minor work?
‘Minor Work' is electrical work not
involving the addition of a new circuit,
such as the installation of socket
outlets or lighting points to existing
circuits and the replacement of accessories.
What work will need
to be notified?
All proposed electrical installation
work in dwellings will need to be
notified to a building control body
before work commences, unless:
• the proposed work is to be undertaken
by a prescribed competent person (an
individual or a firm) authorised to
self-certify compliance on completion
of the work, or
• the proposed work is minor, and
it is not in a kitchen or in an area
classified as a special installation
is a ‘special installation or location'?
The following are classified as special
installations or locations:
• locations containing a bath tub
or shower basin
• swimming pools or paddling pools
• hot air saunas
• garden lighting or power installations
• solar photovoltaic power supply
• electric floor or ceiling heating
• extra-low voltage lighting installations,
other than pre-assembled, CE- marked
• small scale generators such as microCHP
All electrical installation work
in such areas, as well as in kitchens,
will need to be either notified or
self-certified by a prescribed competent
person, even if only ‘minor works'.
What must I do
to comply with Part P?
First, ensure that you are following
the fundamental principles for electrical
safety, set out in Chapter 13 of BS
7671: 2001. Then register with a Government
approved body operating a Competent
Persons Scheme, such as the NICEIC
Domestic Installer Scheme.
The Domestic Installer Scheme is
designed to enable registered businesses
to be deemed ‘competent persons',
able to self-certify compliance with
Part P of the Building Regulations
(and other Building Regulation requirements)*.
An Approved Document, giving official
guidance on complying with the new
legal requirements, entitled Electrical
Safety is available from the Office
of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).
*Building Regulations requirements
include fire safety (Part B), Part
F (ventilation), accessibility (Part
M) and energy conservation (Part L1)