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Overview of the new rules

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Why do we need new rules?

The standard of electrical safety in Sweden is high. But changes are required for several reasons:

  • The system needs to be updated to bring it in line with modern society.
  • Consumers need to be put in a stronger position.
  • Improvements need to be made in the way the National Electrical Safety Board performs its supervisory duties.

The existing rules are complex and difficult to understand, with no clear division of responsibilities between companies, electrical contractors and electricians.

It was against this background that the government decided to set up an enquiry in 2013 to look at electrical safety rules and the authorisation to carry out electrical installations The National Electrical Safety Board was involved in the enquiry as an expert alongside other experts from the commercial and academic worlds, etc.

The findings of the enquiry formed the basis of a government bill which was passed on 7 April 2016. As a result a new Electrical Safety Act will come into force on 1 July 2017.

These are the new rules

  • All companies working with electricity (electrical installation work) must have a self-audit scheme guaranteeing that the work is carried out correctly by a person with the correct skills.
  • Companies carrying out electrical installation work on equipment which is not their own must register the activity with the National Electrical Safety Board.
  • Electrical installation work can only be carried out by:
    - Individuals who are authorised as electrical contractors.
    - Individuals who are covered by an electrical installation company’s self-audit scheme.
  • The National Electrical Safety Board decides whether to authorise electrical contractors on the basis of an application.
  • The rules have been consolidated into a new Electrical Safety Act (elsäkerhetslag) with corresponding ordinance (elsäkerhetsförordning).

The new rules will take effect on 1 July 2017.

Changes for companies

  • All companies working with electricity (electrical installation work) will be affected. Explicit requirements are being introduced stating how electrical installations must be carried out, and the company doing the work is responsible for ensuring that the requirements are met.
  • The companies must have at least one electrical contractor and must operate a self-audit scheme. This applies even if companies are working on their own equipment.
  • Companies doing work on equipment which is not their own must register the activity with the National Electrical Safety Board.     
  • The company is responsible for ensuring that the work is done properly and that a self-audit scheme is in place. The self-audit scheme replaces the supervision which electrical contractors used to provide. The new rules for companies give the National Electrical Safety Board plenty of scope to verify that the rules are being followed. The self-audit scheme must ensure that the electrical installations meet the applicable requirements and are carried out by individuals with adequate professional skills.
  • Companies carrying out electrical installation work on their own equipment do not need to register with the National Electrical Safety Board, but they must have at least one electrical contractor and a self-audit scheme.

Changes for electrical contractors

  • The company will in future take over the supervision of electricians. Electrical contractors who do not currently supervise electricians will not see much change.
  • Work must always be done in accordance with the company’s self-audit scheme.
  • Some electrical contractors will be given a new role. All companies must have at least one electrical contractor to help ensure that all work is done in compliance with the Electrical Safety Act and associated regulations.
  • The National Electrical Safety Board decides whether to authorise electrical contractors on the basis of an application. Electrical contractors who already have an old-style authorisation do not need to reregister. The old authorisation will be converted automatically to a new authorisation.

Changes for electricians

  • From 1 July 2017, electricians who currently work under the supervision of an electrical contractor will instead be covered by the company’s self-audit scheme. The self-audit scheme will determine what work you are allowed to do if you do not have your own authorisation as an electrical contractor.
  • Work must always be done in accordance with the company’s self-audit scheme.

Changes for consumers

The changes make it easier for you to check qualifications. All companies carrying out electrical installation work on equipment which is not their own must be registered with the National Electrical Safety Board. This makes it easy for consumers to check that the company they are planning to engage meets certain basic requirements and comes under the supervision of the National Electrical Safety Board.

On 1 July 2017, the National Electrical Safety Board will launch an e-service called Kolla elföretaget, which you can use to check electrical companies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What happens next?

The new rules will come into force on 1 July 2017. Meanwhile the National Electrical Safety Board is busy making sure electrical contractors, electricians, industry, consumers and everyone else know what the changes will mean for them.

The Board is responsible for issues like:

  • What authorisation types and activity types are necessary?
  • How will companies register with the National Electrical Safety Board?
  • What campaigns are necessary to publicise the change to industry, companies and consumers?
Responsible: Camilla Arnäs-Nielsen
Published: 2016-12-07
Updated: 2016-12-07