In a Teleconference meeting today with EEESafe, DASA and DEFRA it was clarified that Lord De Mauley did not intend to suggest in the Telegraph Article that anyone can or should repair electrical items.
DEFRA stated that they will make sure it is clear where repair/reuse of electrical items is discussed that they also mention the need to have a suitably qualified/competent person undertaking a repair.
This is good news for consumers because it shows that there is now awareness from this Government Department of the importance of using a Competent Repair Person, regulated by a 3rd party, when repairing Electrical items. The Waste Prevention team also received additional knowledge today, about the holistic and innovative EEESafe Model.
Furthermore an assurance was given that considerations would be given as to whether EEESafe could be an opportunity for a Case Study. They agreed also to raise our concerns over PAS 141 with the Department of Business Innovation & Skills. In our March Article we pointed out some failures of the WRAP Protocols, so we are especially pleased with this progressive dialogue and recognition which means DEFRA will continue to engage EEESafe in the specific Forums for EEE Reuse/Repair
It should be noted that PAS 141 Centres where they exist, are receiving Goods from different Communities throughout the United Kingdom and therefore leave a shortage of local supply for local regeneration, repair and development of Green Skills for local regeneration. DEFRA have now recognised this issue in the Waste Prevention team, which we had advised WRAP and BIS some years ago when PAS141 was in its embryonic state.
EEESafe is the only organisation of its kind to support keeping the items local, and repair to a Safe Standard regulated by our Competent Persons Scheme for Household and Workshop Repairers. (DATs and DARs)