Electrical Safety Register - What contractors need to know!

Electrical Safety Register - What contractors need to know!

Simon Harrington from http://professional-electrician.com gets to the heart of what the new ESR means for contractors.

If you are already registered through the NICEIC (either as a Domestic Installer or an Approved Contractor) or ELECSA – or if you are a member of the ECA – nothing will change in the immediate future. Your registration remains within that scheme. Your assessor, the way you notify work, your technical helpline, complaints procedure etc… all remain exactly the same.

The added benefit which has been created is that you are also now (automatically) within the Electrical Safety Register – which will be heavily promoted to consumers and specifiers. A new logo is available for your vans, stationary etc… but you do not have to use it. All the existing logos remain valid. If you choose to sport the new logo it incorporates the logos of NICEIC, ELECSA and the ECA.

Most importantly, PE has been told that there will not be any extra cost to contractors. Certsure (who run the Electrical Safety Register) assures us that this is not a money making exercise. There are no additional books to buy, courses to attend or hidden charges through notification costs. We have also been told in some cases fees will actually be reduced!

These changes have been put into place following extensive consultation with what the industry likes to call ‘key stakeholders’. That means people like you, but also other industry associations, the government, local authorities and consumer groups.

Our advice is to get on the new website www.electricalsafetyregister.com and have a good poke around. If you are a business which is now under the Electrical Safety Register make sure you are listed – and if you have any issues get in touch with your scheme provider.