What the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 mean for landlords

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 were enacted on 8 December 2016 and impose statutory duties on distributors of electrical equipment. Landlords who supply electrical equipment to tenants for their use are, consistent with the definition in the regulations, considered to be distributors. The regulations tighten the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.


What equipment is covered by the regulations?


Electrical equipment for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000V for alternating current and between 75 and 1500V for direct current.


What must a landlord do?


Before making electrical equipment available, the landlord must verify the electrical equipment:


(i)bears the CE marking
(ii)is accompanied by required documents*
(iii)is accompanied by instructions and safety information in English


In addition the landlord must verify that the manufacturer has complied with the requirements of regulation 8 (labelling of electrical equipment) and verify that the importer has complied with the requirements of regulation 18 (information identifying importer).


* required documents means the documents that the manufacturer or importer is required to provide with the electrical equipment pursuant to regulations 8,9,18 & 19 summarised below:


Regulation 8


Before placing electrical equipment on the market, a manufacturer must ensure that it bears a type, batch or serial number or other element allowing its identification and ensure that it is marked with the name, registered trade name or registered trade mark of the manufacturer and a single postal address at which the manufacturer can be contacted.


Regulation 9


When placing electrical equipment on the market, a manufacturer must ensure that it is accompanied by instructions and safety information in English. Such instructions and safety information must be clear, understandable and intelligible.


Regulation 18


Before placing electrical equipment on the market, an importer must indicate on the electrical equipment the name, registered trade name or registered trade mark of the importer and a postal address at which the importer can be contacted.


Where it is not possible to indicate the information specified on the electrical equipment, the importer must indicate that information on the packaging or in a document accompanying the electrical equipment.


Regulation 19


When placing electrical equipment on the market, an importer must ensure that it is accompanied by instructions and safety information in English.

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