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