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head of the publication of BS 7671:2018, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

and the British Standards Institution (BSI) have released the official list of changes that will be included in the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations. The essential publication for all professionals

working in the electrical industry, due for publication in July 2018, forms the national standard to which all new and amended electrical installations in the UK are to comply. The IET is now urging all electrical professionals to ensure they are familiar with the changes before the new requirements come into force from January 2019. Significant changes include: the requirement

for a ‘switching device’ to be implemented in the installation of renewable energy storage systems, recommendations for Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) in AC final circuits, a change to the requirement for the methods of

supporting wiring systems within buildings against their premature collapse in the event of a fire, requirements for devices for protection against overvoltage and a new appendix focusing on energy efficiency.

EV charging Changes have also been made to the requirements for electric vehicle charging installations with PME supplies (the most common form of earthing in new installations) as well as new guidance for the design and erection of electrical installations that have local production and storage of energy for optimising efficiency. Mark Coles, Head of Technical Regulations at

the IET, said: “The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations contains some significant changes to the way all electrical professionals are required to carry out their work in order to safeguard themselves and the public. With this in mind, it is essential that all electrical

18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations Buildings to have improved electrical wiring standards for better fire protection, in update to UK regulations.

professionals ensure that they are up to speed with the new requirements. “The IET will make the amended IET Wiring Regulations available in traditional print format, and from our digital platforms, meaning there is no excuse for not being familiar with the current requirements for electrical wiring.” The changes to BS 7671 come from changes

to international and European standards, of which the UK is obliged to take on the technical intent. JPEL/64 members represent the UK on many of these international committees and the content to be included is discussed in terms of the impact on UK industry, before a new update to BS 7671 is agreed and published. The full list of changes to BS 7671 can be

found at and will be published in the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, due for release in July. Pre-orders can be placed by visiting: EIC Update Essential help for leaders W

ith numerous apprenticeship opportunities in our sector, the future is looking brighter for

youngsters looking to start their careers in the electrical industry and earn while they learn. But this is not always the case for those who face difficult circumstances in their lives. Currently, in our sector, there are thousands

of young people who are struggling but have no one to turn to for much-needed support, which very often leads to failure to complete an apprenticeship and can cause mental health problems. In fact, in our sector alone 1 in 4 apprentices are providing a ‘carer’s role’ to elderly parents, disabled siblings or sick parents or children which puts significant pressure on apprentices and can quickly get out of control. In the construction sector, 1 in 6 workers are

experiencing stress, anxiety or depression but very often do not reach out for that essential help that they need.

A survey produced by YouGov/MQ showed that more than half of young people in the UK link mental illness with alienation and isolation and believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental illness would be embarrassed. The same survey also showed a high level of mental health problems in students, as more than a quarter (27%) have a mental health problem of one type or another. The latest figures produced by the Office of National Statistics revealed that suicide is the biggest killer of young people aged 20-34 in the UK each year which is greater than it has been for the past 10 years. Last year alone, around 200 construction workers committed suicide, of which 16% of all suicides were men aged 18 to 35, working in construction. In response to this and to help young people

to strive towards excellence in their chosen career path while assisting them in creating a brighter future for themselves, the Electrical Industries Charity has launched the Employee

of tomorrow from the EIC By Tessa Ogle, Managing Director of the Electrical Industries Charity

Assistance Programme, which includes apprentice support. The Apprentice

Support Programme helps young people in the electrical sector to deal with some of the key challenges that affect them on their career path. Support includes debt management, financial assistance, counselling, support for carers, scholarships, an apprentice bursary scheme, engineering scholarship, legal support, complex case management support and career development and transition assistance. You can make a difference in these young

people’s lives too and help them reach their potential to become the leaders of tomorrow by signing up to the Charity’s Apprentice Support Programme today. April 2018 electrical wholesaler | 19

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