Safety Regulation of Electrical Contractors

Safe Electric, the statutory regulatory scheme for electrical contractors is operated by the Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) on behalf of the CRU. RECI was appointed as the Electrical Safety Supervisory Body by the CRU and will operate on a not-for-profit basis. RECI will operate under the CRU’s Safe Electric brand for the duration of their appointment, 2016 – 2022.

Safe Electric is responsible for:

  • The day-to-day operation of the Safe Electric scheme as set out in the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended and the Electrical Safety Supervisory Criteria Document Version 3.0 (CER/16/001). The Criteria Document sets out the detailed rules and the obligations for participants operating within the Safe Electric scheme.
  • Processing registration applications from electrical contractors.
  • Ensuring that Registered Electrical Contractors (RECs) are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are operating in line with the appropriate national safety standards and the National Rules for Electrical Installations. The National Rules for Electrical Installations - ET 101 is issued by the NSAI.
  • Distributing and processing Completion Certificates that a REC must issue to a customer once the electrical works are complete.
  • Resolving queries and investigating complaints received from the public about RECs.

The CRU is responsible for:

  • Policy decisions regarding electrical safety.
  • The overall operation of the Safe Electric regulatory scheme.
  • Enforcement actions including prosecutions against unregistered electrical contractors.
  • Review of appeals from applicants regarding registration decisions by Safe Electric.
  • Review of appeals from complainants regarding complaint handling by Safe Electric.

For further information and to find a Registered Electrical Contractor please visit www.safeelectric.ie. Alternatively you can contact 01-4929966 or info@safeelectric.ie

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 REC, please complete the Safe Electric suspected illegal electrical works form.

If you wish to make a complaint about a Registered Electrical Contractor registered with Safe Electric, please complete the Safe Electric complaint form.

Stakeholder Groups

  • The objective of the Electrical Safety Committee is to raise the awareness of risks associated with the use of electricity, and, to promote measures to prevent accidents associated with electricity. The Committee formerly titled TC5 Electrical safety and statistics for accidents and fires caused by electricity, has transferred from the ETCI Ltd. to the CRU. The work of TC5 is linked to the CRU’s functions with regard to electrical safety and the CRU welcomes this opportunity to play a key role in the important work of the committee.
  • The Electrical Modifications Committee composed of ESB Networks, Safe Electric and the CRU advises the CRU on proposed modifications to the Electrical Safety Supervisory Criteria Document Version 3.0 (CER/16/001).

Safety Regulations of Gas Installers

The Registered Gas Installer (RGI) scheme is operated by the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII) on behalf of the CRU. RGII was appointed as the Gas Safety Supervisory Body by the CRU and will operate on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of their appointment, 2016 – 2022.

RGII is responsible for:

  • The day-to-day operation of the RGI scheme as set out in the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended and the Gas Safety Supervisory Criteria Document Version 1.6 (CER/16/222). The Criteria Document sets out the detailed rules and the obligations for participants operating within the RGI scheme.
  • Processing registration applications from gas installers.
  • Ensuring that Registered Gas Installers (RGIs) are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are operating in line with the appropriate national safety standards.
  • Distributing and processing the Declaration of Conformance Certificates (Completion Certificates) that an RGI must issue to a customer once the gas works are complete.
  • Resolving queries and investigating complaints received from the public about RGIs.

The CRU is responsible for:

  • Policy decisions regarding gas safety.
  • The overall operation of the RGI regulatory scheme.
  • Enforcement actions including prosecutions against unregistered gas installers.
  • Review of appeals from applicants regarding registration decisions by the RGII.
  • Review of appeals from complainants regarding complaint handling by the RGII.

For further information and to find a Registered Gas Installer please visit www.rgii.ie. Alternatively you can contact 01-4997998 or info@rgii.ie.

If you have reason to suspect that someone who is not an RGI is performing gas works, or describing themselves in a manner likely to suggest that they are an RGI, please complete the suspected illegal gas works form.

If you wish to make a complaint about an RGI, please complete the RGII complaint form.

Stakeholder Groups

  • The Installer Representative Panel is an industry forum which acts as a mechanism for industry to propose and discuss modifications to the Gas Safety Supervisory Criteria Document Version 1.6 (CER/16/222).
  • The Gas Safety Committee chaired by the CRU makes recommendations to facilitate the safe transmission, distribution and use of natural gas and LPG in Ireland.
  • The Domestic Gas Assessment (DGA) Scheme Committee chaired by the CRU develops and updates criteria for the DGA.
  • Non Domestic Gas Committees, the CRU is working with industry stakeholders to deliver an extended RGI scheme to include non domestic gas works.

Compliance and Enforcement

For information on compliance and enforcement with regard to gas installers and electrical contractors please click here.