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Hazardous area installations audits

A hazardous area is where an explosive atmosphere is, or may be, present in quantities which need special precautions for the construction, installation and use of potential ignition sources.

Hazardous areas are those where flammable materials are generated, prepared, processed, handled, stored or used.

Section 221 of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (the ES Regulation) requires that an accredited auditor inspect electrical installations in hazardous areas prior to connection or reconnection to a source of electricity if:

  • the installation is being connected for the first time
  • electrical installation work has been performed on an electrical installation within a hazardous area.

This pre-commissioning inspection determines electrical safety of the installation and that associated electrical equipment such as luminaries have correct certification and documentation.

Become a hazardous area installations auditor

Check the hazardous categories auditors can be accredited for to perform hazardous area inspections.

Find a hazardous area installation auditor

Find a hazardous area installation auditor near you.

Developing an electrical installation improvement plan for a new hazardous area

How to develop an improvement plan for an existing electrical installation in a newly identified hazardous area.

Last updated
02 July 2018

Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks

A Work Health and Safety inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.


Updated work safety codes of practice enforceable from 1 July 2018

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