Over the last year, the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) established that poor electrical attachments are responsible for fire accidents that occur in an electricity control unit. The LFE, (London Fire Brigade) also recorded an increase in incidents that begin in an electricity control units on a weekly basis. The third amendment was established to control the situation and keep people safe from electrical faults. Most of the improved protective measures are included in chapters 41 and 61 of the amendment and entail the following:
Changes in the Amendment
- Each electricity control unit should be encased with a substance that can’t catch fire. Cables have to be protected from the risk of too much exposure to heat.
- All sockets with a 20A voltage are to be provided with Residual Current Device insulation unless expert information that the insulation is not required is provided. Another exception to the residual current device insulation rule is when 20A voltage sockets are clearly marked as such.
- Electricians are required to have a skill-set that includes inspecting, examining and certifying electrical jobs. Premises or electricity control units with about 100 A voltage need to be inspected more often, on a regular basis and have more inspection work done than those with lower voltage.
- Instead of having a document with time stamps regarding inspection dates, there will be a document specifying electrical gadgets to be inspected when the inceptive confirmation is being conducted. The information should be included in the EIC (Electrical Installation Certificate).