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Scottish electricians' recognition campaign makes progress

21 Mar 19 The Scottish electrical contractors’ trade association Select has welcomed the introduction of a bill in the Scottish Parliament to protect the job description ‘electrician’.

Last week Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston introduced a Member’s Bill to the Scottish Parliament as a first step towards regulating electricians.

Alan Wilson, acting managing director at Select, said: “This is a very welcome step and encourages us in our long-running campaign to make it illegal for anyone who is unqualified to call themselves an electrician in Scotland. Over 100 professions are currently protected in law, including gas engineers, but not electricians. Jamie Halcro Johnston is leading the way in highlighting the serious dangers that work carried out by unqualified electricians can create.”

The issue of Protection of Title has been considered by a working group set up by Scottish government but as yet it has made no decision about introducing protection for the job, which would effectively turn it from a trade into a profession.

Alan Wilson added “We recently met Jamie to provide him with an update on the last working group meeting and we see the work he is doing on protection of title as part of a package of measures which will be necessary to protect the Scottish public.”

Mr Halcro Johnston said: “The Scottish government has dithered around the regulation of electricians. It has been discussed and discussed again, without any real commitments ever seeing the light of day. Electrical safety is vitally important. Every year, there are incidents of shocks and fires caused by electrical malfunctions. It is important that people carrying out electrical work are qualified and able to do so.”

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