In a move designed to bring the electrical contracting industry more closely together, the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) and the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) created the Electrical Safety Register. In addition, from 1 April 2013, the NICEIC and ELECSA will be operated by a new organisation called Certsure.
The Register is claimed to be the definitive searchable database of NICEIC and ELECSA registered contractors, as well as ECA members.
Charles Tanswell, chair of the ESC, said: 'With this partnership, the benefits to the consumer and electrician are significant. In particular, for the consumer it means more can be done to raise awareness of the benefits of using registered electricians and we're delighted that this partnership ensures solid industry support for the charity and its work.'
Paul McNaughton, president of the ECA, added: 'This partnership marks a new beginning for the electrical contracting industry. There is strength in unity and this alliance unites the key electrical industry players: The sector trade association, the electrical consumer charity and the leading certification body, while providing clarity to the consumer and a consolidated voice to government on common issues.'
Certsure CEO Emma Clancy said: 'We will act as the sole registration, certification and assessment body for not only NICEIC's current customer base, but for those under the ELECSA and ECA brands too.
'Over time, significant cost and commercial benefits will be available to those electrical contractors registered with ELECSA and NICEIC, thanks to this partnership and we will be communicating with all our customers about the joint venture.'
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The ESC is a UK charity committed to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents at home and at work. The charity acts as a consumer advocate, raising awareness of safety issues through a range of campaigns and liaises with industry and government to protect consumers and promote best practice within the electrical industry.
The ECA is a trade association representing electrical engineering and contracting companies. The electrical contracting industry employs 350,000 operatives and 6,000 apprentices. Its 3,000 members range from local electricians to national companies with several branches employing thousands. Its members carry out a range of work, from domestic heating and lighting to cutting edge building control technology.