Until recently, the question, ‘are safety switches compulsory?’, would have had to have been answered with a no, although they were recommended.
Recent changes in legislation, IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671: 2008, Third Amendment,, means that as of the 1 July 2015, RCD protection is now required under Regulation 415.1 of the new BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 Regulations. Are safety switches compulsory now? It would seem so…
Are safety switches compulsory in all installations?
According to Chapter 41 “Protection against electric shock” of these amended regulations, RCD protection is now required for all installations.
More specifically, all socket outlets rated up to 20A and mobile equipment for outdoor use, with ratings not exceeding 32A, must be protected by RCDs. There are, however, two exceptions, namely:
- Specifically labelled or otherwise suitably identified outlets provided for the connection of particular items of equipment.
- Situations, other than installations in dwellings, where it has been determined by documented risk assessments that RCD protection is not a necessity.
The answer to the question, ‘are safety switches compulsory in all installations?’, is therefore yes, unless exceptions apply.
The 1985 Landlords & Tenants Act makes the following an implied term of all tenancies:
- Landlords will keep structures and exteriors in good repair.
- Landlords will keep installations within properties in good, proper working order.
It further states that landlords are required to ensure that electrical installations are safe at the start and throughout the duration of all tenancies.
What this means to you
To you as a tenant, this means that your landlord has a legal responsibility to protect your health and safety by complying with relevant regulations and taking all necessary reasonable steps to prevent injuries by electrocution, slips, trips and falls and other accidental injuries.
If your landlord fails to do this and you are injured by electrocution, a slip, trip or fall or another preventable accident, you could qualify for personal injury compensation.
Help and advice
Our experienced, friendly Accident Advice Helpline team of advisors and in-house solicitors can provide you with helpful advice, guidance and, of course, legal support throughout the claim process following trips, slips and falls, electricity-related accidents and more.
Call for help via our freephone numbers, 0800 689 0500 from a landline, and 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24 hours, every day of the week, all year round. All calls are obligation-free and confidential, and claims are processed on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice