Miles better to be on the road

Our popular Toolbox Talks have made a welcome return as we travel around the country catching up with Members and exhibitors



The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as our Toolbox Talks finally hit the road again – but I’ve loved every minute!


After two years of lockdown it’s been great to finally get out and about and meet so many Members, Associate Members and exhibitors face-to-face.


As it was my first Toolbox Talks, it was daunting to get behind the wheel and criss-cross the country in the van supplied by our fleet partners, Pike + Bambridge, so thank you to everyone who’s said hello and helped settle the nerves at each of the eight sessions so far.


Our first event at The Walled Garden outside Edinburgh on 3 May was certainly a fantastic way get the ball rolling, with plenty going on...

Updating Members on Amendment 2


The main events of the day at Edinburgh saw Technical Advisers Keith Hagen and Stuart McKelvie deliver two presentations on the impact of Amendment 2 to BS 7671:2018.

Keith talked Members through an overview of the main changes, including arc fault detection devices, overvoltage protection and prosumer’s low voltage electrical installation.


Stuart then took the floor and went through certification changes in Appendix 6 of Amendment 2, with both presenters answering Member questions afterwards. Fellow technical experts Bob Cairney, Neil Sim and Mark McLaughlin have delivered the presentations at subsequent events, and the feedback from audiences has been excellent so far.


Spreading the regulation message


Our roadshows have also given us the opportunity to spread the word about our ongoing regulation campaign and ask more Members to sign up to the Wall of Support.


“Dozens of names were added to the wall on the first day and have subsequently been joined by dozens more from the other Toolbox Talk events around the country”

Edinburgh was the first event where delegates were urged by Managing Director Alan Wilson to add their voice to the growing push for protection of title – and they didn’t disappoint.


Dozens of names were added to the wall on the first day, and have subsequently been joined by dozens more from the other Toolbox Talk events around the country.


Handing out prizes galore


As well as advice, we’ve also delivered great prizes at each event, including a draw with Luceco in which three Members each scooped a BG Fortress 12-way RCBO board with SPD, BG 30W Type C fast charge USB

and six FType Compact LED downlights.


Another draw at each event saw one lucky Member take home two IET books – Guidance Note 3: Inspection & Testing and On-Site Guide: BS7671-2018+A2:2022.


And Members also battled it out against the clock in our Beat the Buzzer game to win prizes donated by Megger. The fastest competitor at each event won a VF5 voltage pen, with the overall champion scooping a TPT420 two-pole voltage tester and MPU690 proving unit.


It was great to see so many Members taking part and being so competitive, while also helping to raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity.

“It was great to see so many Members taking part and being so competitive, while also helping to raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity”

As cabletalk went to press, the SELECT team was packing its bags and preparing for the final four events in Oban, Orkney, Shetland and Islay.

Once they’re complete, we’ll be compiling feedback, comparing notes and starting work to ensure next year’s events are even bigger and better. Roll on 2023!







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