AL­WAYS use a Reg­is­tered Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tor (REC) to carry out elec­tri­cal work in your home

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YOU should AL­WAYS use a Reg­is­tered Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tor (REC) to carry out elec­tri­cal work in your home and ask for a Com­ple­tion Cer­tifi­cate af­ter the work is com­plete.

Oth­er­wise you are putting your­self at risk and they are break­ing the law. Safe Elec­tric’s pri­mary ob­jec­tive is to pro­tect the safety in­ter­ests of cus­tomers with re­spect to elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Safe Elec­tric mem­bers must ad­here to the Safe Elec­tric Rules of Reg­is­tra­tion with re­gard to mat­ters such as train­ing, com­pe­tence, in­spec­tion & au­dit, test equip­ment, in­surance and com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates. It is through this reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem that Safe Elec­tric, can mon­i­tor and val­i­date that the elec­tri­cal works com­pleted meet the re­quired safety stan­dards.

Note: un­der the Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tion Act 1999, as amended, it is il­le­gal for a Non-Reg­is­tered Con­trac­tor to carry out Re­stricted Elec­tri­cal Works. The act of falsely por­tray­ing one­self as a Reg­is­tered Elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tor (REC) is a sep­a­rate of­fence un­der of the same Act.

Check the Safe Elec­tric reg­is­ter: Cus­tomers should al­ways check the Safe Elec­tric Reg­is­ter be­fore hir­ing a REC to carry out works.

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: It is manda­tory for a REC to is­sue a Com­ple­tion Cer­tifi­cate for all Elec­tri­cal Works (ex­clud­ing mi­nor works). If a REC car­ries out mi­nor elec­tri­cal works they must be cer­ti­fied if re­quested by the cus­tomer. Only the REC’s named Qual­i­fied Cer­ti­fier (QC) can cer­tify elec­tri­cal works on be­half of the REC.

In­surance: RECs must sub­mit con­firma- tion that the ap­pro­pri­ate in­surance cover is in place an­nu­ally. Any REC that ap­pears on the Safe Elec­tric reg­is­ter has ap­pro­pri­ate in­surance cover in place.

Au­dit and In­spec­tion: RECs shall per­mit Safe Elec­tric to carry out an in­spec­tion and or au­dit at any time in ac­cor­dance with the Au­dit and In­spec­tion pro­ce­dure.

Dis­ci­plinary: Any REC who is the sub­ject of a Dis­ci­plinary Process must co­op­er­ate fully with ev­ery phase of the Dis­ci­plinary Process.

Com­plaints: Safe Elec­tric is con­cerned solely with the safety and tech­ni­cal stand- ard (i.e. com­pli­ance with the Na­tional

Rules for Elec­tri­cal In­stal­la­tions) of elec­tri­cal works car­ried out by RECs. If you have any safety con­cerns you should make a com­plaint about the REC. This will be in­ves­ti­gated by Safe Elec­tric and may lead to REC dis­ci­plinary.

Sus­pected Il­le­gal Elec­tri­cal Works: If you sus­pect an un­reg­is­tered per­son is car­ry­ing carry out Re­stricted Elec­tri­cal Works or falsely por­tray­ing one­self as a REC you should re­port al­leged il­le­gal elec­tri­cal works. This will be in­ves­ti­gated by the Com­mis­sion for Reg­u­la­tion of Util­i­ties (CRU).

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