NECA has sought clarification on a number of important points covered in the recent electrical focus article of Energy Bulletin 82 titled “Ensuring your work on transportable structures complies”.
Regulation 52BA of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 states that Preliminary Notices, Notices of Completion and Electrical Safety Certificates are not required if the transportable structure is being constructed (at its place of manufacture) and won’t be connected to a supply of electricity at this construction site.
However, where electrical installing work is carried out on a transportable structure at the site where it is intended to be connected to the electricity supply, the regulations pertaining to notices submitted and Safety Certificates apply.
This then begs the questions of what are the obligations on the electrical contractor wiring the transportable in the yard, and then on the contractor connecting the transportable on site.
They should not rely solely on test sheets or any documentation provided by the manufacturer and should undertake checks and tests to ensure that the test results obtained indicate a safe connection to supply and that fittings/apparatus have not been damaged or become loose during transit. Once again, proper testing ensures that no issues will arise at a later date for a non-compliant installation, particularly when other trades are working at the site and the possibility of screws penetrating electrical wiring exists prior to connection.
For the purpose of this regulation a ‘Transportable structure’ is defined as a structure that can be moved from a site to another site and on which notifiable work may be carried out, including a caravan.
NECA recommends that the electrical contractor wiring the transportable in the yard, as well as undertaking and maintaining comprehensive test records, also inserts a test certificate at the switchboard indicating who and when undertook the tests and certifying that the wiring complied.
The onsite electrical contractor should note on their submitted paperwork that the internal wiring was completed by others, however tests and possible visual checks undertaken confirm that the installation was safe to be connected to supply.