Get the heads up on 18th Edition changes

The events – which take place on Tuesday, November 7 at ETT in Ballymena and Wednesday, November 8 at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh – will both focus on the on the forthcoming changes to the IET BS:7671, with a talk by guest speaker Paul Meenan FIET MEIT who has who has read, studied and contributed to the draft content of the 18th Edition.

The event on Tuesday, November 7 will also have some additional content – with a look at how to avoid fines relating to the new GDPR regulations on storing personal information and 5 essential steps to keep you out of contract trouble!


Location: ETT, 62 Fenaghy Park, Ballymena, BT42 1FL
Time:             9.30am – 1.00pm
Price:             £50pp (10% from each ticket will be donated to the Electrical Industries Charity).  Attendees will also receive £50 off the first 18th Edition course at ETT.

9.30am – 10am – Registration and tea/coffee
10am – 10.45am – A history of BS:7671 & the legal duties with Paul Meenan
10.45am – 11.15am – Fines of up to €20m – are you GDPR ready?
11.15am – 12pm – 5 steps to keep you out of contract trouble with Adrian Kearney
12pm – 1pm – 18th Edition changes, impact and industry view with Paul Meenan


Location: Silverbirch Hotel, 5 Gortin Road, Omagh, BT79 7DH
Time:             10am – 12pm
Price:             £30pp, attendees will receive £50 off the first 18th Ed course at ETT


Heads Up on the 18th Edition (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Did you know that the familiar IET BS:7671 yellow book is due to turn blue next year? From July 2018 the Electrical Wiring Requirements will commence a six-month transition run into the 18th Edition.

So, from January 2019, all new electrical installations will be required to comply with a new set of standards. To help you get a heads up on the changes, impact and opportunities that are proposed in the new requirements, we have invited someone who has read, studied and contributed to the draft content of the 18th Edition.

Guest speaker Paul Meenan FIET MEIT has worked for London Underground, Network rail and train operators (TOCs) and is currently accountable for the safety and performance of the electrical assets on the Docklands Light Railway.

Paul is an excellent speaker on the subject area and will provide attendees with an opportunity to obtain an early insight into the proposals contained in the forthcoming 18th Edition of the BS7671 Wiring Requirements.

Fines of up to €20m – are you GDPR ready? (Tuesday)

Does your business make use of, or store, personal information belonging to others?

Data can relate to anything from a name, a photo, an email address through to bank details or tracking computer IP addresses. If so, you really need to pay attention to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new regulations apply to all businesses that hold or process personal information belonging to EU citizens. From May 2018 GDPR regulations will be incorporated into UK law.

So what? The regulations provide extended regulatory powers to enforce penalties and impose HUGE punitive fines for non-compliance of up to €20m or up to 4% of your annual turnover. ETT will provide you with a ‘what you need to know’ information session aimed at raising awareness of this significant business risk. ETT’s 12 steps to compliance will help ensure your business is GDPR ready!

5 essential steps to keep you out of contract trouble!  (Tuesday)

Perhaps only a few sub-contractors are fortunate to escape with a near miss when it comes to the financial and punitive impact of delay, disruption, latent defects, counter charges and withheld payments. However, some, through lack of basic ‘contract law’ knowledge, are burdened with unfair conditions that hinder cash flow, limit profitability and even jeopardise future business development plans.  Ignorance isn’t bliss.

Knowledge is power in the modern construction industry. ETT believes that electrical sub-contractors could do much more to reduce their operational risk by improving basic contract management procedures.

Guest speaker Adrian Kearney DipArb, FCIArb, MRICS, M CInstCES, MIIM, MAE is a highly qualified and widely recognised industry expert in the area of contract law. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator and has extensive UK, Ireland and International experience in mediation and dispute resolution.

Adrian will provide attendees with up to date information and a few essential ‘to do’ gems, aimed at helping electrical sub-contractors to get a grip on contract law.

To book your place, contact ETT on 028 2565 0750 or, for more information, visit