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Me
My name is Keith Roberts and I established Roberts Electrical on the 1st August 1980. After a 7 year JIB/CITB apprenticeship, I became a junior tradesman at 19, a qualified electrician at 21 and an approved electrician at 23. I have been in the trade ever since.

My career has been varied and comprehensive and though I have seen a lot of changes, the fundamental principles remain the same - correct training, good working practice and the utmost respect for an energy source that you cannot see, smell or hear but could kill you in an instant.

I spent a substantial part of my apprenticeship working in schools, hospitals, banks and government buildings. The work was varied and ever changing but that is part of the appeal of being a contractor, you never know what tomorrow will bring or what's round the corner!
BSI and the IET has launched a summary of the changes that can be expected in the new 18th Edition BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations.

18th Edition Logo The new standard will be issued on 2nd July, 2018.

Electrical contractors and electricians will have a six month transition period to get up to speed with the changes. From January 1 2019, it will then be a requirement that all electrical installations designed after this date comply with BS 7671:2018, 18th Edition (2018).

The Regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, also additions and alterations to existing installations.

2018 regulations

Existing installations that have been installed in accordance with earlier editions of the Regulations may not comply with this edition in every respect. This does not necessarily mean that they are unsafe for continued use or require upgrading.

This is a short list I have made of some of the most important changes :
• Reg: 411.3.3 - Requires all socket outlets within a dwelling up to 32 Amp to be RCD protected.
• Reg: 411.3.4 - Requires all luminaries (light fittings) within a domestic (household) premises to be protected by a 30mA RCD
• New Reg: 421.1.7 - Has been introduced recommending the installation of Arc fault detection devices (AFDD’s) to some circuits to mitigate the risk of fire in AC final circuits.
• Reg: 521.10.202 - Requires cables to be adequately supported against premature collapse in the event of a fire, this applies throughout the installations and not just escape routes.
You can read a summary of the main changes in their official document here.

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Primarily I am an installation electrician and for me inspection and testing plays a significant part in the day to day running of my business. Being an NICEIC Approved Contractor and Domestic Installer I can undertake and certify most types of electrical installation work.

My client base is fairly diverse as is the work I do. Previous clients include: British Airports Authority,
Civil Aviation Authority, British Rail,
London Underground, National Health Service, Natural History, Science, V@A Museums, Windsor Marina, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, Windsor Castle, Camberley Sony Centre, Cliveden Stud and Penton Hook Marina.

Based in Windsor, I usually operate within a 25 mile radius of home, covering Crowthorne, Camberley, Lightwater, Bracknell, Frimley, Ascot, Langley, Staines, Egham, Virginia Water, Beaconsfield, Farnham, Maidenhead, Windsor and Slough. However, I will always try to accomodate potential customers who live a bit further away.




Verbal quotations and advice are free. I charge a redeemable quotation fee if testing, dismantling or general investigative procedures are necessary before I can assess the work required. This fee will then be deducted from your final invoice. I pride myself on being professional at all times and providing a fast, friendly, reliable service. The majority of my work is obtained through recommendation. Please visit the customer feedback page for examples of the comments I have received.

All my work is covered by an NICEIC insurance backed warranty and the Government Trustmark scheme. I also have excellent public liability insurance and professional indemnity cover. I offer a guarantee on all work and all materials supplied and installed. The majority of electrical work is now certifiable under the building regulations Part P Scheme and BS 7671 17th edition wiring regulations, so all installation or remedial work is given the appropriate NICEIC certificate upon completion and the certificate number sent electronically to the relevant building control office via the BRCS scheme for any notifiable work. This process ensures that you the customer can be confident of having a professional job that is fully compliant with the current legislation.

Each year I spend a working day with my NICEIC inspector who looks at several jobs completed within the previous 12 months. This is to ensure that I am still working within the NICEIC guidelines, that any amendments are being adhered to and that I still satisfy the conditions of continued registration as an Approved Contractor and Domestic Installer.
Roberts Electrical is now a member of the Electrical Safety Register - the number one searchable database for electrical contractors across the UK. The Electrical Safety Register only contains those firms whose work has been approved by government authorised bodies NICEIC and ELECSA. Choosing a firm from the Electrical Safety Register is the best way to ensure all work carried out is safe. Roberts Electrical is assessed on a regular basis to ensure high standards and all work is checked against the IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671 as well as other standards.

Roberts Electrical undergoes a rigorous assessment process, covering a representative sample of my work, documentation, equipment, and competence. Re-assessment is on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.

For more information, log on to www.electricalsafetyregister.com