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Electrical installations and networks

Operational safety
Who must comply
Low and extra low voltage installations
High voltage electrical installations

The lead agency for work place safety and the safety of workers in the work place is MBIE Health and Safety Group (Labour).

Worker competency matters are the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Working practices are covered under Part 8 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Everyone who designs or does work on installations, supply networks, fittings and appliances in New Zealand must ensure they comply with New Zealand’s established regulatory framework. This also applies to everyone who supervises the design or work.

Electrical installations at low and extra low voltage shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the New Zealand Electrical Regulations.

Unlike a low voltage installation which is generally designed and constructed in accordance with technically prescriptive requirements, most high voltage installations are unique to their application and are designed according to electrical engineering safety principles. As a result, the Regulations that apply set fundamental safety requirements only.

‘Works’ means any fittings that are used, or designed or intended for use, in or in connection with the generation, conversion, transformation, or conveyance of electricity; but does not include any part of an electrical installation.