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For individuals buying electrical installation services
New electrical safety rules are coming into force on 1 July. They will also affect you as an individual. You will be in a better position if you buy electrical installation services.
New opportunities to check the electrical installation company
All companies carrying out electrical installation work on systems which are not their own – for example a distribution board with connections – must be contained in the National Electrical Safety Board’s register. This makes it easy for people buying electrical installation services to check that the company meets certain basic requirements and comes under the supervision of the National Electrical Safety Board.
This puts you, the buyer, in a stronger position because the law now states exactly how electrical installation companies must do their work.
Remember the following:
- A company acting as a general contractor which always buys in electrical installation services from others is not considered to be an electrical installation company. This also means that the general contractor will not be included in the National Electrical Safety Board’s register of companies. In this situation, the general contractor should let you know the company carrying out the electrical installations so that you, the customer, can check the company in the register.
- As a buyer of services you should read the terms and conditions and always check the company in the National Electrical Safety Board’s register of companies.
- As the system owner you should retain the documentation showing exactly what electrical installation work has been carried out and by whom. You will need to produce the documentation when you sell the property or for insurance purposes, etc.
If things go wrong
If you engage a company which does not meet the requirements concerning skills, execution, self-audit, etc. you can report the company to the National Electrical Safety Board. We can then use your report to take action against the company.
The National Electrical Safety Board cannot intervene if things go wrong with the buyer/seller relationship because this area is governed by private law and does not fall under our remit.