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E-newsletter 3 - April 2016

Safe Isolation App Update

Electrical Safety First’s Safe Isolation App, based on its associated Best Practice Guide No 2, has now been updated. The new version suitable for Apple devices has been optimised to perform with the new generation of iPhones. The version suitable for Android devices has also been updated.

Further details can be found at:


Electrical Safety First monitors for electrical product recalls, and collects and publishes them on the recall checker on our website. A report summarising recalls of electrical products over the last quarter can be found here. Read more

The recalled items listing can be found at:

After much anticipation, on 18 February, the independent review of the UK's product recall system and the Government's response to it were published. Electrical Safety First has long campaigned for this review, as our past research showed that only 10-20% of recalled electrical products are ever returned, potentially putting lives at risk. Read more

The Wiring Regulations Advisory Group

The Wiring Regulations Advisory Group (WRAG) is a forum comprising technical representatives from a number of bodies having a direct interest in the application of the requirements of BS 7671. Hosted by Electrical Safety First, the WRAG produces guidance on commonly occurring electrical installation related issues in the form of a series of questions and answers. Read more

Updates to the Wiring Regulations Q and As

We are very pleased to announce that a search facility has now been provided for both sections of the Wiring Regulations page. This enables identification of all Q and As that contain a key word that has been typed in, thus simplifying and speeding up the search process.

A number of newly agreed answers to electrical installation related questions have been added to the Wiring Regulations section of the Electrical Safety First website.


New Blue Guide on Product Safety

The revised 2016 version of the Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product legislation was approved this month. The Guide, which covers all non-food and non-agricultural products for use by consumers or professionals, provides guidance on the implementation of legislation based on the New Legislative Framework. Read more

Electrical Safety First Product Safety Event

In April, we teamed up with Intertek, to advise UK manufacturers, importers and retailers on best practice for product safety. Over the course of a half-day seminar, we discussed several areas where improvements could be made to increase consumer safety and raise industry standards. Read more

Report on Counterfeit Electrical Products

Electrical Safety First has been undertaking research into the market for counterfeit electrical products in the UK. The full report - A Shocking Rip-Off: True Cost of a Counterfeit can be found on the Reports page of the Electrical Safety First website.


Electrical Installations in Properties Prone to Flooding

This article provides guidance for electrical installers and consumers on practical measures that can be taken to minimise the risk of damage to the electrical installation and, where it is not possible to prevent flooding by water, measures that will minimise the time needed to return the installation to a serviceable condition and so allow the fastest possible re-occupation of the property. Read more


Guidance for Installers When Making Connections in Consumer Units

When the BSI/IET working group looking into the issue of consumer unit fires in household premises drew up the requirement for the use of consumer unit enclosures constructed of, or housed in, non-combustible material it was agreed that poor workmanship was the primary contributory factor to many such fires.

As a result Electrical Safety First agreed to produce guidance for installers of consumer units to help them to ensure that the many and varied connections made within a consumer unit were effective and likely to remain so – at least until the next periodic inspection of the property.

The guide can be downloaded here

Electrical Safety First would like to thank BEAMA for their invaluable assistance in the development of this guide.


News from the Health and Safety Executive


In January alone there were three prosecutions relating incidents resulting in electric shock as a result of contact with overhead cables two of which resulted in fatalities:

The Health and Safety Executive has a page dedicated to working safely near to overhead lines on its website:

Although intended originally for the agricultural industry, the HSE publication AIS8 Working safely near overhead electricity power lines contains useful further reading on this issue:

On 15 March, a contractor was fined after a worker was injured after hitting a buried cable whilst erecting a fence.

On 21 March, a solar PV company was fined as a result of an incident where worker was seriously injured in a fall


Updated HSE publications 

The following HSE publications have been recently updated and are now available for download:

GS38 (Fourth edition) Electrical test equipment for use on low voltage electrical systems

PM38 (Third edition) Selection and use of electric handlamps