New Safety Legislation For Domestic Electrical Works

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Christmas power surgeThere is just over a month left until the 8th of December and in anticipation of the inevitable surge on domestic fuse boards around the country the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), Ireland’s national energy regulator, have put in place new safety legislation for electrical contractors operating in the home.


As a result, from the 1st of October 2013 only a Registered Electrical Contractors (REC) can carry out most electrical work in residential premises under Irish law. Minor electrical works such as changing switches, sockets or light fittings are not covered by this legislation. There are only two regulatory bodies approved by the CER, these are ECSSA and RECI.


Electrical installations in the home, if not properly installed and maintained, can kill. In Ireland, on average 5 people per year are killed each year in their home from either direct contact with electricity or from fires with a suspected electrical cause. This includes fires related to electrical appliances which in some cases may have been avoided by putting adequate electrical protection in place.


The primary result of this legislation is to make it illegal for anyone other than a Registered Electrical Contractor to carry out works on the distribution/fuse board in a home.


All Registered Electrical Contractors are insured and must issue the customer with a certificate of conformance to show the work is to an approved standard, thereby improving safety standards. To find a Registered Electrical Contractor please visit


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2 thoughts on “New Safety Legislation For Domestic Electrical Works

  1. Hi there i am a electrical contractor with e.c.s.s.a and i see there not put up on the posts but rec is .

    if i find or come across work that is not of the rules who or where do i go to get it noticed . i am forever coming across work done it is dangerous or incorrect material used and when asked who done it i am told a handyman , a lad down the road or an alarm installer but if we where to go near an alarm or cctv systems we can get fined i find this is abit one sided and very very unfair. I am really getting annoyed with the danger people are put in from stupid ……… for a few pound .

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