Factories Act 1961 – Memorandum on the Electricity Regulations
Today I was having a look at some old books I had and I found a copy of the Factories Act 1961 – Memorandum on the Electricity Regulations produced by the Health and Safety Executive. Makes an interesting read, some old ways of working in this one !
18th Edition Regulations – Energy Efficiency
The worldwide need to reduce the consumption of energy means that we have to consider how electrical installations can provide the required level of service and safety for the lowest electrical consumption. The draft proposals enable a client to specify the level of energy efficiency measures applied to an electrical installation. Installations can also be awarded points for energy efficiency performance levels, for example, transformer efficiency. These points can be added together with points for efficiency measures to give an electrical installation an efficiency class, ranging from EIEC0 to EIEC4, depending on the number of points awarded.
The new section will cover several energy efficient areas, such as electric vehicles, lighting, metering, cable losses, transformer losses, power-factor correction, and harmonics.
18th Edition Wiring Regulations
According to the IET The 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations is due to be published on 1st July 2018.
Full details on this story can be found here – http://electrical.theiet.org/wiring-matters/61/18th-edition-report/index.cfm
The Amazing Folding UK Plug
We found this amazing plug when looking on line this week. The history behind it is from The Royal College of Art’s graduate show, and the show-stopper was this plug. Min-Kyu Choi impressed every passer by with his neat, apparently market-ready plug that folds down to the width of an Apple MacBook Air. “The MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest laptop ever. However, here in the UK, we still use the world’s biggest three-pin plug,” says Choi.
As with many things it started with a problem; the size of the UK plug versus the products that they serve. Min-Kyu Choi had a direct encounter with this having discovered a scratch on his laptop being caused by the UK plug in his bag. The UK plug, having been designed in 1947 when portability was not a consideration, had long since become outdated.
Min-Kyu set about solving the problem. Min-Kyu Choi and Matthew Judkins came together in 2009 to make Min-Kyu’s solution a reality. Having subsequently won a number of awards and having seen a concept video receive over 500,000 hits, their first product was launched in 2012 under the crowd sourced name ‘Mu’.
For more information take a look at http://www.madeinmind.co.uk/
BS7671 Amendment 3
BS7671 – The Third amendment to BS 7671:2008, The IET Wiring Regulations, became effective on this date. Following this, contractors have a six month transition period to get up to speed with the changes and can design, install and certify to either the new or previous standard.
If you want to find out more information about BS7671 Amendment 3 then take a look at the following factsheet we found online, it gives you all the details :-
And here is the official page on NICEIC website in regards to amendment 3 :-