Each year, the ASCP Safety and Compliance Conference plays host to AESM LIVE, a dedicated Electrical Safety session, bringing together some of the sector’s leading experts to share industry updates and technical expertise with our delegates.
Last year we received excellent feedback from attendees, rating the event as “must attend” for electrical safety professionals in social housing!
2018’s event was opened by Steve Martin, Director of Technical at ECA. He shared insights on the proposed updates to BS7671 18th Edition, helping delegates prepare for the new regulations and consider what changes might be required to existing processes and procedures.
Martyn Allen, Technical Director of Electrical Safety First, shared some practical steps to mitigating electrical safety risk, as well as covering some of the most hotly-debated topics in our sector, including frequency of inspection and electrical competence.
Following on from one of the themes of Martyn’s presentation, Kevin Sparrow, Electrical Product Specialist at leading accreditation body EAL, delivered an insightful presentation on qualifications versus competence and how qualifications contribute to a competent workforce.
AESM LIVE 2018 concluded with an opportunity for delegates to quiz the expert speaker panel on all aspects of their sessions, which resulted in some interesting questions and lively debates!
Plans for AESM LIVE 2019 are already underway, with a host of knowledgeable and informative speakers lined up! Steve Martin will be joining us once again to discuss the technical implications of changes to HMO Licensing on fire detection, emergency lighting and alarm systems. Martyn Allen will be looking at electrical safety in high-rise, high-risk dwellings, a particularly topical subject since the tragic events or June 2017, and workplace safety speaker Louise Taggart will be sharing some lessons learnt from an electrical safety incident that cost a life.
For our panel discussion this year we will be joined by leading electrical safety experts and sector professionals to talk about the BIG PICTURE campaign for improved electrical safety in social housing. Panellists and the audience will be invited to comment on findings from the joint AESM & ASCP round-table event, taking a holistic view on topics such as the cost-benefit considerations of periodic electrical testing and inspections, inconsistencies in technical advice versus legislation, and the challenge of achieving a sector-wide consensus on safety… amongst a myriad of other objectives. A discussion not to be missed!
If you are responsible for electrical safety in social housing or facilities management, we hope you will join us for this highly valuable event!