chapter  15
Approved Document P: Electrical safety – dwellings
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Published figures suggest that tighter regulation of electrical safety and competence of electrical contractors could be beneficial in the UK, although the number of fatalities is falling. The 2013 edition of the Approved Document takes account of the reduced range of electrical installations that are notifiable, but still aims to improve the design, installation, inspection, testing and certification of such installations. The Building Regulation Requirements only apply to new, extended or altered dwelling installations, avoiding overlap with existing electricity at work regulations, etc. Low-voltage and extra-lowvoltage electrical installations should be protected against mechanical and thermal damage and avoid shock and fire hazard to people.