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05 February 2019

NCHA helps launch new electrical safety code

NCHA’s Julian Montgomery, a DMS Operations Manager, has attended the House of Commons to formally launch a new code of practice for electrical safety in affordable housing.

The event was held to mark the launch of the Code of Practice for the Management of Electro-technical Care in Social Housing. Julian participated in the preparation of the code on behalf of NCHA working with the Electrical Safety Roundtable.

The Code of Practice has been created over the course of six months, with support from a number of stakeholders within the Social Housing sector. The aim is to provide consistent guidance on how to demonstrate the electrical safety of domestic tenanted properties within the Social Housing sector.

The purpose of the new code of practice is to make homes safer for tenants, by ensuring that electrical installations are tested and maintained to a set standard. At NCHA we have been proactive in changing the frequencies of our electrical testing from every ten years to every five years, and for our in-house electrical team the new frequency of testing provides an opportunity to bring in two new colleagues to deliver the programme.

Julian said: “The launch of the new code of practice took place in the historic Churchill Room at the House of Commons and was hosted by Ben Bradley MP. Lord Best also attended and the event gave everyone the opportunity to hear more about the document and talk to myself and other authors on how electrical safety in social housing could be improved.

“For me it was a truly memorable experience (even the barracking I got from the Brexit protestors as I was going in) so I thank NCHA for allowing me to participate. The next objective for the group is ‘electrical competency’, so I will again be involved in this project on behalf of NCHA.”