Safety – Compliance and Enforcement
Petroleum Safety Framework (PSF)
The CRU monitors an owner’s, operator’s or petroleum undertaking’s compliance through regular inspections and reviews of quarterly safety performance reports. The Compliance Assurance System provides further details on audits and inspections, verification, performance reporting and independent safety case reviews. Background on the following forms can also be found in the Compliance Assurance System paper.
Owners/operators should submit their safety performance reports using this form: Safety Performance Reporting Submission Form.
Owners/operators should submit their ICB for approval using this form: Independent Competent Body Submission Application Form.
Owners/operators should submit their verification reservation using this form: Verification Reservation Submission Form.
Owners/operators should submit their Independent Review Body for approval using this form: Independent Review Body Application Form.
Owners/operators should submit their Independent Safety Case Review Report using this form: Independent Safety Case Review Report Submission Form
If owners, operators or petroleum undertakings have not achieved the required standard, the CRU has significant enforcement powers at its disposal including the powers to prohibit activities in the interest of safety. Fines of up to €3,000,000 also apply for failure to comply with enforcement actions.
Section 12 of the Requirements of the Petroleum Safety Framework paper provides more details on these CRU enforcement powers.
Gas Safety Framework (GSF)
The CRU monitors compliance with an undertaking’s safety case through regular audits and inspections of licensed natural gas and LPG undertakings
The CRU has significant enforcement powers where undertakings are found not to be in compliance with their safety cases, including the power to direct an undertaking to submit an improvement plan and to serve improvement and prohibition notices. Furthermore, undertakings can be fined up to €25,000 for failure to comply with enforcement actions.
These powers are set out in the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012 which amended the Electricity Regulation Act 1999.
Electrical Contractors and Gas Installers
The CRU investigates reports of alleged illegal electrical and gas works and takes prosecutions and other enforcement actions against individuals who undertake electrical or gas works illegally.
It is an offence to carry out restricted electrical or gas works while not registered or to false portray oneself to be registered. The penalties for both offences are set out in the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended and include a fine of up to €15,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 3 years.
If you have reason to suspect that an unregistered contractor is performing electrical works in a domestic premises, or describing themselves in a manner likely to suggest that they are a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC), please report this through www.safeelectric.ie
If you have reason to suspect that someone who is not an Registered Gas Installer (RGI) is performing gas works, or describing themselves in a manner likely to suggest that they are an RGI, please report this through the suspected illegal gas works form.
You can find a recent media release regarding a prosecution taken by the CRU against an unregistered electrician here.
The CRU also monitors the performance of the RGI and Safe Electric schemes which are operated on behalf of the CRU by the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII) and the Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland respectively (RECI). The CRU promotes continuous improvement in the schemes and monitors the compliance of installers and electrical contractors with the respective schemes as reported by RGII and RECI. Further detail can be found here.