ECA, FSA respond to gaps in Building Safety Bill
Leading electrotechnical trade body ECA and the Fire and Security Association (FSA) have broadly welcomed the new Building Safety Bill, published this week.
However, the bodies are disappointed by a lack of reform of electrical safety in high-rise buildings.
ECA Technical Manager Mike Smith commented, “The Bill takes major steps to strengthen building safety, and we warmly welcome the introduction of the Building Safety Regulator, Duty Holder roles and prescribed gateways.
“But, disappointingly, the Bill fails to deliver on basic electrical safety checks, and there is an unfortunate lack of detail on electrical safety in high rise buildings.
"ECA and the FSA will continue to press Government hard to boost standards of electrical safety in buildings, and hope to see more comprehensive reform very soon.”
ECA, the FSA and other construction industry trade bodies have been vocal in their recommendations to better protect residents from electrical danger, many of which have not been carried forward in the final Bill.
The Bill comes less than two months after a tower block fire in East London which was caused by a faulty electrical unit.