Comment on: Regulators start to get tough on CE compliance
Does this new requirement cover control devices particularly retrofitted optimisation units. In the course of work we have carried out over the past two or three years we have found units which are not compliant with the Low Voltage Directive, the EMC Testing requirements or RoHS requirements all of which we were given to understand need to be in pace before CE marking can be applied to the product.
Once again the HSE talk about potentially putting peoples' lives at risk and the punishment is £467.00 including costs. Where's the justice in that it's probably less than she takes in a month for rent.
The system needs to be changed and punishments doled out that significantly disadvantage the perpetraters of these crimes enough to deter them from ever doing it again.
Comment on: Maintenance man prosecuted for illegal gas work
It would be very interesting to know what aspect/s of this man's work "posed a real danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and/or explosion " or whether it was just the case that he wasn't Gas Safe Registered and ignored the HSE instruction so they chose to prosecute. Aain having done so the punishment is derisory compared to the earning capability of the work.
Why is the level of punishment in these cases always set so low. It's no deterrent to landlords or installer/maintenance engineers what we need to see is the same attitude to these offences as was displayed recently when an inheritance was confiscated because it was thought it would be used to promote further criminal activity involving drugs. During the enforcement review the confiscation of goods gained through criminal activity was suggested as a way to deter people like this from committing further offences. As usual the powers that be continue to do what they continue to do and offenders keep re-offending it's just a vicious circle which in my opinion can only be broken by a significant change in policy on the part of those involved.