Hazardous Area Auditing

Get audited, stay safe

Conducting a hazardous areas audit does not have to occur at the last minute, although this is when it usually happens.

In our experience we find that if audits are conducted at the last minute with zero engagement, throughout the project there tends to be many non-compliance issues. This not only delays project completion but also introduces cost for remediation works which is often borne by the client, even though it may be the installers that are at fault.

In Queensland, the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013, Section 221 states that a person must not connect or reconnect an electrical installation located in a hazardous area to a source of electricity after electrical installation work has been performed on the electrical installation unless;

  1. the electrical work has been inspected by an accredited auditor; and
  2. the accredited auditor has confirmed that the electrical installation, to the extent it is affected by the electrical work, has been tested to ensure it is electrically safe and complies with the requirements of the wiring rules and any other standard applying under this regulation to the electrical installation

The two key words here are inspected and confirmed.

The status quo is to just engage the auditor at last minute, however early engagement allows all parties to ensure that it is done once and done right.

There can be exceptions to not audit

There are some circumstances where an accredited auditor may not need to conduct an inspection of electrical equipment that has been replaced within hazardous areas before it is reconnected. In this instance you have a legal obligation to ensure the equipment and installation is electrically safe.

There are times whereby an audit is not required, this includes replacing with 'like for like' equipment.

Electrical equipment is considered to be 'like for like' if:

  • The existing circuit wiring can be reconnected to the termination point of the replacement equipment which has been placed in the same position as the original unit
  • The electrical rating characteristics are identical (thus not changing the maximum demand or rating of the installation)
  • The classification ratings are identical (no change in the protection level/technique of the equipment)
  • The replacement equipment has certification proving compliance with the appropriate Australian Standards, namely
    • New equipment
    • Second hand equipment (if it has been assessed in an accredited workshop)
    • Repaired equipment (if it has been repaired in an accredited workshop)

If it -

  • Has different specification to the original equipment, and/or
  • Requires alteration of the installation wiring to enable termination

Then this is not considered a 'like for like' replacement and would require an audit by an accredited auditor prior to reconnection.

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