THE Electrical Safety Council (ESC) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) have joined together to announce the launch of the Electrical Safety Register.

With more than 36,000 contractors listed, has been developed to help homeowners find a trusted and safe electrician in their local area.

All of the companies on the Electrical Safety Register are said to have been assessed to rigorous technical standards.

The ESC is a consumer-focused charity dedicated to keeping consumers safe by reducing the risk of electrical accidents around the home and in the workplace, while the ECA is the electrical industry’s trade association, representing those who work in the sector.

Phil Buckle, director general of the ESC, said: “The launch of the Electrical Safety Register is a huge step forward for homeowners and will greatly help them in their search for a certified local contractor.

“With 80 per cent of electrical work carried out by electricians who are registered with NICEIC or ELECSA, combining them into one central database made perfect sense.”

Emma Clancy, chief executive of NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting), said: “By providing homeowners with such a great resource, we can encourage them to always use a registered electrician. Those who choose not to do so are putting both themselves and their family’s lives at risk.

“We believe that the register will quickly become the most trusted resource for consumers who are looking to employ a competent electrical contractor, in either a commercial or domestic setting.”