Role of inspectors

In the current risk-based regulatory regime the role of an electrical inspector is to independently verify the safety of high-risk work. It is not acceptable, therefore, to rely on testing results obtained from the installer or other information from the installer’s Certificate of Compliance (CoC) when conducting an inspection. 

High-risk prescribed electrical work has to be inspected by a person authorised to inspect such work. However, an inspector may not inspect high-risk Prescribed Electrical Work (PEW) if they have personally carried out the work, supervised someone else carrying out the work, or issued a CoC for the work. 

The person carrying out the inspection must produce a written record of the inspection. This record must identify what was inspected, and be signed and dated by the person doing the inspection. 

A Record of Inspection (RoI) is a formal document detailing an inspection of high-risk PEW as required by Regulation 72 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 which provides a legally recognisable written record of what high-risk PEW was inspected and by whom. Regulation 72 also specifies the information required on the RoI.

From Energy Safety Business Update, July 2015

 

 

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