Recent changes to the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (ESR) and the Gas (Safety and Measurement) Regulations 2010 (GSMR) specify what details are to be provided when an energy worker notifies cases of immediate danger.
ESR 19 and GSMR 10 both specify what a person doing prescribed electrical work or gasfitting must do if they have reasonable grounds to believe an immediate danger to life or property exists. They must, as soon as practicable, advise both of the following of the danger:
- the owner or occupier of the property where the danger exists
- WorkSafe (Energy Safety).
In giving this information, they must include:
- details of the nature of the danger
- how and why the gas installation or gas appliance presents an immediate danger to life or property
- any steps that have been taken, or that the person believes must be taken, to minimise or eliminate the danger.
This gives the owner the information needed to understand the danger and deal with it appropriately. Gasfitters must also advise the owner/occupier to inform the gas supplier.
Summarised from Energy Safety Business Update, October 2014.