Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010

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Reprint as at 1 February 2014

Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010

(SR 2010/36)

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 1st day of March 2010

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to sections 169, 169A, and 169B of the Electricity Act 1992, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions


3 Application: things these regulations do not apply to


4 Interpretation

5 Meanings of electrically safe and electrically unsafe

6 Prescribed electrical work

6A Meaning of low-risk, high-risk, and general prescribed electrical work

7 Connectable installations

8 IEC shock current standards

Ambient temperature

9 New Zealand ambient temperature

Penalty levels

10 Level 1 and level 2 penalties defined

11 Strict liability offences

12 Infringement offences

Part 2
General safety requirements

Requirements for electrical safety

13 Doing work on works, installations, fittings, and appliances

14 Designing works, installations, fittings, and appliances

14A Manufacturer's instructions

15 Using works, installations, fittings, appliances, and associated equipment

15A Fittings and appliances at rented residential premises

16 Minimising risk of contact with live conductive parts

17 Maintaining safe distances

18 Notices where high voltages used, generated, or transmitted

18A Signs when carrying out prescribed electrical work

19 Notifying WorkSafe of danger

Things deemed electrically safe or electrically unsafe

20 Electrically unsafe works and installations

21 Electrically safe single-wire earth return systems [Revoked]

22 Electrically unsafe low voltage fittings

23 Electrically unsafe appliances

24 Electrically unsafe RCDs

24A Electrically unsafe safety-critical equipment

24B Electrically unsafe electrical work in relation to certain mining electrical equipment

25 Specific installations, fittings, and appliances deemed to be electrically safe

26 When fittings and appliances in use deemed to be electrically safe

Part 3
Systems of supply

27 Systems in general

28 Voltage supply to installations

29 Frequency of electricity supplied

30 Requirements relating to safety of electricity supplied

31 Requirements relating to quality of supply

32 Protection against fault currents

33 Requirements relating to construction of, or work in vicinity of, telecommunications equipment

33A Limits of operation of SWER systems in relation to telecommunications

Part 4
Safety of works

Rules applying in relation to all works

34 Protective fittings for works

35 Interference with, or movement of, works

36 Generating facilities and substations

37 Works constructed as low voltage installations

37A Trolley bus supply systems must be treated as works

38 Testing works before connecting to supply

Works not covered by audited safety management systems

39 Regulations 40 to 46 do not apply to works covered by audited safety management systems

40 Safety checks of works

41 Structural loading on works

42 Requirements for earthing systems in works

43 Isolation fittings for works

44 High voltage conductors of overhead electric lines

45 Permanent notices on works

46 Keeping records and plans

Works covered by audited safety management systems

47 Overview

48 What safety management systems must do

49 Substantive requirements of safety management systems

50 Documentation of safety management systems

51 Audit of safety management systems

52 Audit certificate for safety management systems

53 Statutory declaration by safety management system operator

54 Cancellation of audit certificate

55 Certification and declaration deemed to be compliance with section 61A of Act

56 Offences by accredited auditors

Part 5
Safety of installations

Domestic wiring exemption

57 Exemption for domestic electrical wiring work

Certified designs for installations

58 Certified designs

Rules for low and extra-low voltage installations

59 Low and extra-low voltage installations to comply with AS/NZS 3000

60 Certain installations must comply with Part 2 of AS/NZS 3000

61 Specific rules for installations under Part 1 of AS/NZS 3000

61AA Installations in excavated areas must comply with AS/NZS 3007

61A Rule about 3-pin flat-pin socket-outlets in low voltage installations

Rules for high voltage installations

62 High voltage installations treated as if works

Testing prescribed electrical work

63 Testing prescribed electrical work on low and extra-low voltage installations

64 Testing prescribed electrical work on high voltage installations

Certifying prescribed electrical work

65 Requirement for certificate of compliance

66 Content of certificate of compliance

67 Information recorded on certificate of compliance

68 Who may issue certificate of compliance

69 Offences relating to certificates of compliance

Inspecting prescribed electrical work

70 High-risk prescribed electrical work to be inspected

71 Who may carry out inspection

72 Record of inspection

72A What happens to records of inspection

73 Offences relating to inspection

Connection to power supply after prescribed electrical work

73A Before connecting installations to power supply

73B Offence relating to connection

Reconnection when no general or high-risk prescribed electrical work done

74 Reconnecting or restoring power supply to certain low voltage installations

Certifying installations

74A Electrical safety certification

74B Exception for operators with maintenance management systems

74C Time when electrical safety certificate to be issued

74D Offences relating to electrical safety certificates


74E What happens to certificates of compliance

74F Details of high-risk work to be lodged on database

74G What happens to electrical safety certificates

74H Offences relating to record-keeping


74I Location of installations

Periodic assessments

75 Periodic assessments of certain installations

Connectable installations

76 No supply without warrant of electrical fitness

77 Restrictions on use of connectable installations

78 Issue of warrants of electrical fitness for connectable installations

Part 5A
Mining electrical equipment and conductors

78A Interpretation

Alluvial mining operations and quarrying operations

78B Obligations in relation to alluvial mining operations and quarrying operations

78C Standards for equipment at alluvial mining operations and quarrying operations

78D Periodic assessment of equipment and conductors at alluvial mining operations and quarrying operations

Opencast mining operations

78E Obligations in relation to opencast mining operations

78F Standards for equipment at opencast mining operations

78G Safety assessment programmes at opencast mining operations

Tunnelling operations and underground mining operations

78H Obligations in relation to tunnelling operations

78I Obligations in relation to underground mining operations

78J Certified designs for mining electrical equipment and conductors at tunnelling operations and underground mining operations

78K Safety assessment programmes at tunnelling operations and underground mining operations

78L General offences

Tourist mining operations

78M Obligations in relation to tourist mining operations

Part 6
Safety of fittings and appliances

79 Maintenance of domestic appliances

80 New and used fittings and appliances to be electrically safe

81 Evidence of compliance with standards

82 Offences relating to false or incorrect marking

83 Supplier declaration of conformity required before sale of declared medium risk articles

83A Deemed approval by WorkSafe for sale of medium risk EESS products

84 Declared high risk articles not to be sold unless approved

85 Approval by WorkSafe for sale of declared high risk articles

86 Deemed approval by WorkSafe for sale of declared high risk articles

86A Deemed approval by WorkSafe for sale of high risk EESS products

87 Prohibitions relating to fittings and appliances

88 Supply of electricity to hand-held appliances

89 Use of hand-held appliances in certain high-risk situations

89A Use of hand-held appliances in cramped spaces

Testing appliances

90 Testing appliances after certain work done on them

Periodic assessment of electrical medical devices

91 Periodic assessment of electrical medical devices

Part 7
Registration, employer licences, and Board provisions

What supervised persons and trainees may do

92 Limits of work that supervised persons may do

93 Limits of work that trainees may do

Employer licences

94 Requirements for system of operation of holders of employer licences

95 Certification of system of operation

96 Approved persons

Board provisions

97 Search criteria for register of electrical workers

98 Form of complaints

99 Fees payable to Board

Part 8
Working practices

100 Safety responsibilities of person who carries out work

101 Responsibility of employers for safety of employees

102 Work on live high voltage overhead electric lines

103 Work on live conductors of low voltage overhead electric lines in installations

103A Work on or near bare live conductors in alluvial mining operations, mining operations, and quarrying operations

104 Work on isolated high voltage fittings

105 Work stringing additional conductors between poles or other supports

106 Notices when working on works and installations

107 Offences relating to Part 8

Part 9

WorkSafe's powers and obligations

108 WorkSafe's power to prescribe forms, etc

109 WorkSafe's power to exempt from requirements

110 Issuing urgent instructions, orders, or requirements


111 Gazette notices to be published on Internet site

111A Consolidation of certificates

111B Authentication mark

111C Offences relating to application of authentication mark

112 Details that must be provided in reports of accidents

Recording certificate details

112A Database for recording certificate details on Internet site

112B Access to database

Transitional provisions

113 Existing and in-process works, installations, fittings, and appliances

114 Declared articles under previous regulations

115 Specified fittings and appliances under previous regulations

116 Secretary's exemptions

117 Warrants of electrical fitness

118 Certificates of compliance

Transitional provision relating to 2011 amendments

118A Transitional provision relating to Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011

Transitional provision relating to 2012 amendments

118B Transitional provision relating to Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2012

Transitional and savings provisions relating to 2013 amendments

118C Savings provision for existing mining electrical equipment in relation to Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2013

118D Transitional provision relating to Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2013


119 Arbitrators

Revocation and amendments

120 Revocation of Electricity Regulations 1997

121 Amendment to Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003

122 Amendments to Electricity (China Free Trade Agreement) Regulations 2008

Schedule 1
Prescribed electrical work

Schedule 2
Electrical codes of practice and official standards cited in these regulations

Schedule 3
Infringement notice and reminder notice

Schedule 4
Standards applicable to fittings and appliances

Schedule 5
Prescribed fees payable to WorkSafe

Schedule 6
Prescribed fees payable to Board

Schedule 7
Authentication mark

Schedule 8
Rules for mining electrical equipment and conductors

Gazette information

Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2012

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