This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 July 2013, amend the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (the principal regulations).
The main amendments relate to certification following prescribed electrical work on installations. Prescribed electrical work is to be categorised as low-risk, high-risk, or general. Certificates of compliance will be required for all high-risk and general prescribed electrical work, and such work is not to be treated as complete until the certificate is issued. Certificates of compliance for low-risk prescribed electrical work are optional. The forms for certificates of compliance will no longer need to be purchased from the Electrical Workers Registration Board (the Board), provided they comply with the requirements of the regulations. Details of the certificates of compliance for high-risk prescribed electrical work must be recorded on a database to be established by the chief executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.
A new requirement is that, after an installation or part installation is connected to a power supply or otherwise completed following prescribed electrical work, the person who completed the work must issue an electrical safety certificate that confirms that the installation or part installation is safe to use.
Other amendments include the following:
introducing a “certified design” to replace the former declarations of conformity:
clarifying the role of, and accountability for, manufacturers' instructions supplied with electrical equipment:
clarifying that people who act in good faith can rely on the veracity of various certificates and statements made by others:
introducing an authentication mark, which must be used on certificates of compliance and electrical safety certificates:
amending the fees payable to the Board:
revising the terminology relating to penalties, without changing the penalty levels:
minor technical changes.
Date of notification in Gazette: 27 September 2012.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.