The Institution of Engineering and Technology has urged all electrical professionals to ensure that they are familiar with the standards set out in the IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671:2008 incorporating amendment 3:2015. The call comes as 1st July 2015 marks the date from which all new electrical installations must be designed to comply with the standards and requirements set out in BS 7671:2008 incorporating amendment 3:2015.
Although not compulsory, electrical professionals can leave themselves open to legal action if the work that they carry out does not meet the necessary industry requirements. This latest amendment, published in January 2015, has been released as a new consolidated book.
The amended regulations include changes to the electrical condition report section, new requirements for mobile and transportable electrical units and changes for the installation of luminaires and light fittings, bringing them in line with the latest international and European standards.
Although all electrical work carried out after 30th June 2015 must be designed to comply with BS 7671:2008 incorporating amendment 3:2015, Regulation 421.1.201 will not come into effect until 1st January 2016.
This section, which is a new section of BS 7671, requires that within domestic (household) premises, consumer units comply with BS EN 61439-3 and have their enclosure manufactured from non-combustible material, or enclosed in a cabinet or enclosure constructed of non-combustible material and complying with Regulation 132.12. This has been developed to safeguard against the risk of fire that can be produced from the overheating of connections in consumer units.