Safer outcomes for gas and electrical work
Changes to gas and electrical certification regimes are expected to lead to safer outcomes for consumers.
Amended regulations were published in the New Zealand Gazette on 27 September and are the result of a review of the regimes to ensure they provide cost-effective public safety outcomes.
Improvements to the certification regimes are expected to raise standards in the gas and electricity industries while doing away with unnecessary compliance costs.
- All gas and electrical installation work will now require certification.
- The certification regimes have been updated to permit practitioners to design their own certificates, and store and send them electronically. Gas and electrical practitioners will no longer be required to buy Certificates of Compliance from their worker registration board, removing a compliance cost.
- Once the changes come into force, details of all work classified as high-risk will have to be registered on a new publicly available database that will be administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This will enable improved monitoring of ‘high-risk’ work and focus attention on the areas that will provide the greatest improvement in safety outcomes.
- The changes will also benefit consumers who will always be entitled to get a certificate once work is completed. This will assure consumers that installation work and connection to energy supply is safe to use.
- The amendment regulations also update the fees charged by the Electrical Workers Registration Board in relation to examination and licensing.
The changes are effective from 1 July 2013.