SJIB adds support to consultation for regulation of electricians

Fiona Harper

THE Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) has added its voice to the parliamentary consultation on regulation of electricians.

The industry body said protection of title would ‘significantly enhance consumer, client and public protection and safety while deterring unqualified individuals’.

SJIB added that a new scheme would bring also economic benefits and assist in the drive for a ‘sustainable skills base’.

The comments were made as part of a set of responses to the consultation on proposals for a Holyrood Member’s Bill on regulation, which closes on November 10.

SJIB secretary Fiona Harper said, “The promotion and utilisation of registered electrical contractors with industry-recognised qualifications would address the scale of poorly installed, defective and unsafe electrical work. The SJIB already administers the ECS [Electrotechnical Certification Scheme] which accommodates and recognises the diverse array of electricians operating within the electrotechnical industry. With some additional safeguards, the SJIB could develop a very robust scheme at little additional cost.”