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Regulation is an important component of a well functioning society. In New Zealand, regulations are structured to meet requirements around the risks they pose to health and safety or environmental impacts. The New Zealand regulatory system is largely governed through Acts, Regulations, cited Standards and Codes of Practice. These pieces of legislation are managed and enforced by government agencies and regulatory bodies.
This means businesses may be required to comply with multiple regulatory regimes mandated by different regulators depending on industry.
New Zealand has a range of government agencies responsible for maintaining, preserving and managing our unique environment. The following agencies work with thousands of New Zealand businesses each year, granting resource consents, lowering energy consumption, or helping businesses to import and export goods.
All are an invaluable source of information and guidance for small businesses.
On this page:
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
- Electrical Workers Registration Board
- Electricity Authority
- Energy Safety
- Occupational Health and Safety – Department of Labour
- New Zealand Fire Service
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is a Crown entity that encourages, supports and promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy. EECA sets and monitors minimum energy performance standards and mandatory energy-rating labels for a range of products including vehicles.
EECA also offers Programme Partners – businesses with specialist, technical expertise to help other businesses identify and implement cost-effective projects. They can also access any funding businesses may be eligible for.
The Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) promotes safety for all New Zealanders by ensuring the ongoing competency of over 30,000 registered electrical and electronic workers nationwide. Its responsibilities extend to the licensing of registered electrical workers, discipline of licensed electrical workers and promotion of electrical safety. It also promotes electrical and electronic safety to the New Zealand public and businesses.
The Electricity Authority (EA) is responsible for regulating the operation of the wider electricity industry and markets (wholesale and retail) in accordance with the Electricity Act and government energy policy.
Energy Safety (ES) is the part of the Ministry of Economic Development that monitors public safety in the supply and use of electricity and gas. ES is committed to ensuring that its accident investigation, energy appliance safety framework, and compliance and enforcement responsibilities under the Electricity Act 1992 and Gas Act 1992 are appropriate and effective, and co-ordinated with other health and safety agencies.
Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) is a part of the Department of Labour (DOL). It provides best practice information and guidance to assist New Zealand business with health and safety in the workplace. OSH also inspects workplaces to check safety and health arrangements, to investigate accidents at work, and to ensure employers and employees comply with the Health and Safety in Employment Act. They are responsible for regulating the storage and use of hazardous substances, explosives and dangerous goods, and for the safety of amusement devices.
The principal responsibility of the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is to reduce the incidence of fire and its consequences for people, property, communities and the environment. It regulates fire safety products including sprinklers, fire extinguishers and fire hoses.
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