The new Electrical Regulations are published on 2nd July 2018 and is intended to come into effect on 1st January 2019. Installations designed after 31st December 2018 will have to comply with the new edition (BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations).
The Regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of all electrical installations including additions and alterations to existing installations. Existing installations that have been installed in accordance with earlier editions of the Regulations may not comply with this edition in every respect. This does not necessarily mean that they are unsafe but by employing an expert to carry out a NICEIC Electrical Installation Condition report, you will know for sure.
A summary of the main parts that have additions and changes are shown below:-
Part 1 Scope, object and fundamental principles
Part 2 Definitions
Chapter 41 Protection against electric shock
Chapter 42 Protection against thermal effects
Chapter 44 Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances
Chapter 46 Devices for isolation and switching
Chapter 52 Selection and erection of wiring systems
Chapter 53 Protection, isolation, switching, control and monitoring
Chapter 54 Earthing arrangements and protective conductors
Chapter 55 Other equipment
Part 6 Inspection and testing
Section 704 Construction and demolition site installations
Section 708 Electrical installations in caravan/camping parks and similar locations
Section 710 Medical locations
Section 715 Extra-low voltage lighting installations
Section 721 Electrical installations in caravans and motor caravans
Section 722 Electric vehicle charging installations
Section 730 Onshore units of electrical shore connections for inland navigation vessels
Section 753 Floor and ceiling heating systems
Appendix 1 British Standards to which reference is made in the Regulations.
Appendix 3 Time/current characteristics of overcurrent protective devices and RCDs
Appendix 6 Model forms for certification and reporting
Appendix 7 (informative) Harmonized cable core colours
Appendix 8 Current-carrying capacity and voltage drop
Appendix 14 Determination of prospective fault current
Appendix 17 Energy efficiency
GW Power are approved contractors and members of NICEIC and they have set up an information hub with everything you need to know about the upcoming 18th Edition. The web address is www.18edition.com and contains all the latest news and information relating to the new standard.
Daniel Haley, Managing Director at GW Power said “With the introduction of the new regs, it is a very important time for the electrical industry and we will be investing in our staff to ensure they are fully up to date with their training”
GW Power specialise in compliance testing in Schools, Commercial premises and a wide variety of electrical installations and now would be a good time to be considering getting installations checked once the new regs come into force.