What are the IET Wiring Regulations?

What are IET wiring regulations?

One of the most important documents for electricians in the UK is the IET Wiring Regulations, which is a British standard for the installation of electrical wiring. 

The IET Wiring Regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, as well as additions and alterations to existing installations.

Because of the large range of situations that they are used for, the IET Wiring Regulations is an essential publication for all electricians and other professionals in the electrotechnical engineering services industry.

What is the IET?

The IET stands for The Institution of Engineering and Technology. They work globally to improve the knowledge of engineering and technology.

Amongst other fields of research, they provide lots of advice on wiring regulations and their BS 7671 requirements for electrical installations help electricians to comply with other requirements such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

What is the 18th edition?

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018) was written by the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) and the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee. It was published in July 2018 and then came into effect in January 2019, replacing the 17th edition.

Are the BS 7671 18th edition Wiring Regulations required by law?

The BS 7671 isn’t a legal document itself, but it does contain the guidelines and processes that form the legal requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations

This means that it is treated within the industry as an authority on electrical regulations, and professionals use it as a crucial source of information for working with electrical installations.

Why do I need to know about BS 7671 18th edition Wiring Regulations?

If you’re an electrician or any other professional who works with electrical installations, then it’s important to know how the latest 18th edition electrical regulations apply to your work.

Without sufficient knowledge of the 18th edition, your electrical installations could be unsafe or inefficient and you risk them not complying with requirements such as the Electricity at Work Regulations.

The IET Wiring Regulations is a large and very detailed book, but it’s crucial to be able to understand how its contents refer to your work and how you should refer to it when working with electrical installations.

Find out more about IET Wiring Regulations

Contact Hexo Electrical Testing today to find out more about IET Wiring Regulations and the 18th edition. 

We provide electrical testing services such as PAT testing and EICRs across London and the Southeast, and all of our expert technicians are professionals who will make sure that your electrical installations are compliant with all the latest IET Wiring Regulations.