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Prescribed work – Regulation 238(3)

Electricity Safety Installations Regulations 2009 – Prescribed Electrical Installation Work

The Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 became law on 1 January 2010.

For the purpose of Section 45 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998, ‘prescribed electrical installation work’ does not include –

  • the repair or maintenance of a single component part of an electrical installation; or
  • the replacement of a single component part of an electrical installation by an equivalent component part at the same location.

Generally where any prescribed electrical installation work involving the installation, alteration, repair or maintenance of prescribed electrical installation work is completed, a Certificate of Electrical Safety for prescribed electrical installation work is required to be issued and the work inspected by a licensed electrical inspector before connection to electricity supply.

Regulation 283(3)

Regulation 238(3) of the Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 does not deem the repair or maintenance of a single component part of an electrical installation or the replacement of a single component part of an electrical installation by an equivalent component part at the same location prescribed electrical installation work therefore; does not require inspection. In effect it excludes the repair or maintenance (including replacement) of a single
component part of an electrical installation. The term ‘single component part’, in general, means one part of an electrical wiring system, e.g. single switch or fuse on a switchboard assembly.

In effect, any electrical installation work covered by Regulation 238(3) does not require the responsible person (REC, licensed electrician etc.) to have the relevant electrical installation that is repaired, maintained or replaced in accordance with this Regulation to be inspected before use and re-connection to electricity supply by a licensed electrical inspector however, a Certificate of Electrical Safety for non-prescribed electrical installation work must be issued at the completion
of that work.

Electrical Installation Workers should, when carrying out this type of work, clearly indicate on the Certificate of Electrical Safety for non-prescribed electrical installation work in the area for the description of electrical work that:
‘THIS WORK HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF REGULATION 238(3)’

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