At its annual reception in the House of Commons, on 11 March, the Electrical Safety Council announced plans for the future of the charity to attending MPs, stakeholders and industry partners.
“We have come a long way since the charity’s inception,” said director of charitable affairs, Phil Buckle, “but our Trustees remain ambitious and strive for a more innovative, independent and far reaching charity. With these goals in mind the coming year will be an exciting one for the Electrical Safety Council.
“Key areas for us will be to achieve greater independence from our trading subsidiary and to develop relationships with new partners that will help us widen our remit and expand our activity so that we can further our aims of keeping consumers safe when it comes to other energy sources.”
Looking back at some of the successes over the past year Phil highlighted the ESC’s work in improving the safety of electrical installations including its grants scheme which provides funding for essential safety improvements in the homes of vulnerable people, and the charity’s ongoing campaign for greater awareness and better enforcement of Part P.
Plans for the charity to step up its activities in the field of product safety were also highlighted.
“We reached a major milestone with a two-day conference on electrical product safety last autumn,” said Phil, “bringing together the European Commission, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Trading Standards, BERR, BEAMA and many others. We continue to maintain momentum following the conference and will be working harder to fight the proliferation of counterfeit products in the international arena.”
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