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Shoddy electrical work threatens public safety

Update: December, 28/2013 - 09:38

HA NOI (VNS)— An estimated 60 per cent of fires that broke out across the country this year were caused by electrical faults, heard a recent workshop.

The rate was announced by Vu Trung Hoa, head of the Ministry of Construction's Department of Science, Technology and Environment.

Therefore, he said, Viet Nam needed national regulations on electrical installations instead of relying on existing basic standards to ensure safety in residential and public buildings.

During the meeting, changes and amendments made by experts and managers in the field of electrical work, both at local and central levels, were taken into consideration to compile draft regulations which should be released in the first half of 2014.

Vu Dinh Luyen, an official at the Viet Nam Institute for Building Science and Technology and Science Secretary of the Drafting Committee, said they had received valuable feedback from participants.

Ideas were submitted by Government officials, scientists, manufacturers and innovators of electrical products, as well as from other developed Southeast Asian countries including Singapore and Malaysia through the International Copper Association.

The International Copper Association's Southeast Asia division, a civilian electrical safety organisation, is co-operating with the Ministry of Construction to develop national regulations for electrical installations.

The regulations will include specific standards to meet the demands of modern electrical installations and safety in residential and public buildings.

In addition to these, the regulations will enforce compulsory safety requirements areas such as bathrooms, swimming pools and medical zones. — VNS

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