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All electrical installation companies must have at least one compliance officer. This ensures that all companies have access to the expertise required to understand the applicable rules, but ultimately it is up to management to ensure that the rules are actually followed.
The company's responsibility
The company's management must ensure that the company follows the applicable rules. After all, management is usually best placed to ensure compliance by managing, organising and monitoring the activity. That makes the company's responsibility crucial when an electrical installation company carries out electrical installation work.
Management must be aware of the rules and must be familiar with the company's own activity. All electrical installation companies must have at least one compliance officer. This ensures that those in leadership roles have access to the expertise required to understand the rules and the work being done in the company.
The authorisation must cover the work done by the company
You can only be appointed as a compliance officer if you have an authorisation type which covers the work done by the company.
If the company works in the high voltage category, it must have an authorised electrician with full authorisation (A) acting as compliance officer.
If the company works in the low voltage category, it must have an authorised electrician with either full authorisation (A) or authorisation for low voltage (AL) acting as compliance officer.
If the company only carries out certain limited kinds work, such as connecting and disconnecting permanently attached electrical equipment which consumes power, it must have an authorised electrician with either full authorisation (A), authorisation for low voltage (AL) or limited authorisation (B) acting as compliance officer.
The compliance officer's role
The compliance officer is there to support management, but ultimately it is up to management to ensure that the rules are actually followed. Examples of input from the compliance officer.
- Developing proposals for a self-audit scheme
- Managing the work to create the self-audit scheme
- Following up and updating
- Coordinating the organisation running the company's self-audit scheme
- Providing training
- Regular meetings with management
If you are unsure about exactly what the role involves, you should take it up with the employer or client.
Sharing the role
If the company decides it needs more than one authorised electrician acting as compliance officer, it must specify how the role will be shared among them. The company can share out the work among compliance officers according to the needs and the structure of the organisation, for example by
- geographical area,
- organisational unit,
- activity type,
- particular category in the activity types, or
- a combination of the above.
All companies carrying out electrical installation work on equipment which is not their own must register with the National Electrical Safety Board. When it registers, the company must state who is the designated compliance officer. If the company has more than one authorised electrician acting as compliance officer, it is up to the company to decide which one to register.
Authorised electricians can only be registered as compliance officer if they give their consent. They can do this either by signing a consent form to be included with the registration form, or by carrying out the registration process on behalf of the company. If an authorised electrician carries out the registration process, consent is given using a Swedish e-ID ("BankID").