The Electrical Safety Roundtable and TrustMark have collaborated to create a new reporting tool to monitor levels of unsafe and non-compliant electrical installations in homes across Great Britain. The Electrical Safety Roundtable was founded on a mission to improve electrical safety in the home.
TrustMark provides a mark of Government Endorsed Quality to tradespeople who undertake work in and around people’s homes. Taking inspiration from the Health and Safety Executive’s tool for reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR) and the tool for Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS), as a team these two organisations have created a tool to help to monitor the levels of unsafe and non-compliant electrical installations in homes within Great Britain.
With recent regulations putting a greater emphasis on mandatory electrical safety checks, the industry expects more instances of unsafe and non-compliant electrical installations to be uncovered in homes, yet this information is currently not being tracked or monitored centrally. This poses a challenge to getting a true understanding of the risks posed by electrical installations in homes throughout Great Britain and therefore makes it challenging to consider whether policy or industry intervention is needed to mitigate the risk.
The data collected will be analysed regularly, and the results will be made public. In addition to improving the electrical safety of homeowners and tenants, it is hoped that the data gathered will help shape policy discussions and industry initiatives. Similarly, if successful, this provision could be applied in other industries.
Commenting on the launch Simon Ayers, CEO TrustMark says, “This is a really important initiative which will help to identify areas of electrical safety risk in homes across Great Britain. Having this data provides the opportunity to improve the standard and quality of electrical installation work where it’s needed, and help to tackle key areas of skills, knowledge and training.”
Chris Pack, Chair of the Electrical Safety Roundtable in the Home comments: “It’s great to see this initiative reach fruition. As an organisation it is our mission to enhance electrical safety and the results from this tool will help us understand the major areas of electrical risk in homes and provide quantifiable data on the level of risk posed by unsafe and non-compliant electrical installations. We are looking forward to reviewing and analysing the data over the coming months and using that information to maximise our impact.”
Alongside the reporting tool, a new webpage on the Electrical Safety Roundtable Website has been created to provide consumers with guidance on how to seek redress and rectification of unsafe or non-compliant electrical work.