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Electrical safety act

 


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LATEST MODIFICATIONS NOT INCLUDED
Statute No. 410/1996
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Finland
August 1999



Passed in Helsinki on 14 June 1996
The following is laid down according to the decision of the Finnish Parliament:

Chapter 1

General provisions

Section 1

For the purpose of ensuring the safe use of electrical equipment or electrical installations and of preventing the harmful effects of electromagnetic interference resulting from the use of electricity, and for the purpose of securing the position of a person who has suffered damage caused by the electric current or magnetic field of electrical equipment or an electrical installation, this Act shall lay down the requirements concerning electrical equipment and electrical installations, the manner in which conformity with these requirements is demonstrated and monitored, work in the electricity sector and its supervision and the liability for damages of the possessor of electrical equipment or electrical installations.

Section 2

This Act shall be applied to equipment and installations used for the generation, transmission, distribution or use of electricity, the electrical or electromagnetic properties of which may be hazardous or cause interference.

It may be laid down by Decree that the provisions of this Act be applied to all requirements concerning the safety of elevators and of the installation and use of lifting mechanisms comparable to elevators, intended for the elevation and transfer of persons.

This Act shall be applied to telecommunication networks, terminal equipment and radio equipment insofar as they may cause damage to life, health or property, and to interference caused by them insofar as the Telecommunications Act (183/87) or the Radio Act (517/88) are not applicable.

It may be laid down by Decree that the provisions of this Act shall not be applied insofar as there exist in another act or by virtue of another act provisions or regulations on measures necessary to avoid the risk or interference referred to in paragraph (1).

This Act shall be applied to equipment and installations intended for export and referred to in paragraph (1), insofar as it is required by international agreements binding on Finland.

Section 3

Exceptions may be made to the provisions of this Act with respect to the electrical equipment and electrical installations of the defence administration, as laid down in more detail by Decree.

Section 4

For the purposes of this Act and the provisions and regulations issued subject to it:

(1) 'electrical equipment' shall refer to a device, a machine, an appliance or materials intended for the generation, transmission, distribution or use of electricity and of which and of parts of which particular electrotechnical properties are required;

(2) 'electrical installation' shall refer to an operational entity composed of electrical equipment and eventually of other equipment, materials and structures;

(3) 'telecommunication network' and 'terminal equipment' shall refer to electrical equipment or electrical installation within the scope of the Telecommunications Act;

(4) 'radio equipment' shall refer to electrical equipment or an electrical installation within the scope of the Radio Act;

(5) 'inspection' shall refer to a procedure used to evaluate conformity with requirements of the object of inspection by making observations and, if needed, by taking measurements and conducting tests;

(6) 'electric damage' shall refer to damage caused by the electric current or magnetic field of electrical equipment or electrical installations;

(7) 'Ministry' shall refer to the competent Ministry as laid down in more detail by Decree;

(8) 'Electrical Safety Authority' shall refer to the Safety Technology Authority; and

(9) 'distribution network operator' shall refer to a corporation or a plant that is in possession of a distribution network and engages in electrical network operations subject to licence.

Chapter 2

Level of electrical safety

Section 5

Electrical equipment and electrical installations shall be designed, constructed, manufactured and repaired, and serviced and used in such a manner that

(1) they are not hazardous to life, health or property;

(2) they do not cause excessive electric or electromagnetic interference; and

(3) their functioning is not easily disturbed by electric or electromagnetic interference.

Section 6

The Ministry shall issue the provisions and regulations necessary to eliminate the risk or interference referred to in Section 5.

Section 7

The Ministry may provide that the provisions on electrical equipment contained in this Act be applied to certain electrical installations comparable to electrical equipment because of its method of manufacture or use.

 

Chapter 3

Work in the electricity sector

Section 8

Work related to the repair and servicing of electrical equipment, and work related to the construction, repair, servicing and use of electrical installations shall be authorised on the following conditions:

(1) a sufficiently qualified natural person is appointed to direct the work (supervisor);

(2) a natural person independently carrying out and supervising work possesses sufficient qualifications or otherwise has sufficient professional skills; and

(3) premises and tools necessary for carrying out the work are used, and the provisions and regulations on electrical safety are observed.No supervisor is required for one-time work, as laid down in more detail by the Ministry, or for work that may cause only a minor risk or interference referred to in Section 5. Furthermore, the Ministry may determine when no supervisor is required for work related to operation and servicing.

The Ministry shall issue further provisions on the conditions mentioned in paragraph (1).

Section 9

The supervisor shall ensure that the work referred to in Section 8(1) complies with the provisions of Section 5 and the provisions laid down pursuant to Section 6. The supervisor shall have an actual possibility of performing his duty.

The supervisor referred to in Section 8(1) shall himself be the operator or shall be in the service of the operator, unless otherwise provided by the Ministry on work related to operation and servicing.

The Ministry shall issue further provisions on the duties of the supervisor.

Section 10

The qualifications referred to above in Section 8(1)(1) shall be evaluated and an evaluation body appointed by the Ministry shall issue the certificate of qualification. The Ministry may revoke the appointment.

In addition to the qualifications referred to in paragraph (1), the evaluation body may also evaluate other qualifications based on this Act, as laid down in more detail by Decree or decision of the Ministry.

The evaluation body shall meet the requirements laid down by Decree and shall demonstrate that this is the case. The rights and obligations of the evaluation body and the assignment of personal and other data shall likewise be laid down by Decree. With the assistance of the Electrical Safety Authority, the Ministry shall supervise the evaluation body and verify at regular intervals the conformity with specified requirements.

Section 11

The Electrical Safety Authority may decide that the qualifications of a natural person referred to in Section 8 may also be demonstrated by presenting a foreign certificate of qualification or an equivalent document. In this case, it is a prerequisite that the requirements laid down with respect to education and work experience correspond to the requirements laid down by virtue of Section 8(3), and that the provisions and regulations on electrical safety of the country in question correspond in essence to the provisions and regulations in force in Finland.

Section 12

A person carrying out operations referred to above in Section 8(1), shall, for the purpose of surveillance, notify the Electrical Safety Authority thereof. Furthermore, the Electrical Safety Authority shall be notified of changes concerning the supervisor and of other significant changes affecting the operations.

The Ministry shall issue further provisions on the notifications referred to in paragraph (1). Furthermore, the Ministry may provide that the notifications referred to in paragraph (1) need not be made on work related to operation and servicing, nor in the case where the operation can be considered non-recurring or otherwise limited.

Chapter 4

Ensuring the safety of electrical equipment

Section 13

Any person who in Finland offers for sale or transfers to another person electrical equipment shall be able to demonstrate that they or their manufacture conform with the requirements of Section 5 and those laid down pursuant to Section 6. The same shall apply to a person who exports electrical equipment, if so required by international agreements binding on Finland.

The Ministry may provide that paragraph (1) shall not apply to particular electrical equipment or equipment intended for particular uses.

The Ministry may provide that the manufacturer or importer of electrical equipment shall notify the Electrical Safety Authority of its operations.

Section 14

In the verification of conformity of particular electrical equipment with the requirements of Section 5 and those laid down pursuant to Section 6, tests by inspection bodies, inspections and other certification procedures assuring conformity can be used, as provided in more detail by the Ministry.

For special reasons, the Ministry may provide that in Finland particular electrical equipment may not be offered for sale, transferred to another person or commissioned before the inspection body has duly inspected it and certified its safety.The inspection body shall be appointed, and the Ministry may revoke the appointment. The body shall meet the requirements laid down by Decree and shall demonstrate that this is the case. The rights and obligations of the inspection body shall also be laid down by Decree. With the assistance of the Electrical Safety Authority, the Ministry shall supervise the operations of the body and verify at regular intervals the conformity with specified requirements.

Measures taken by foreign inspection bodies and referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be approved if so required by international agreements binding on Finland, or if so provided by the Ministry.

Section 15

The Ministry may ratify particular marks that are used to indicate that an electrical device fulfils the requirements of Section 5 and those laid down pursuant to Section 6.The Ministry shall provide how each ratified mark shall be used or may be used in Finland or on equipment exported by Finland. The Ministry may also impose restrictions on the use of marks resembling the ratified mark or on the use of other marks close by the ratified mark.

 

Chapter 5

Commissioning and use of electrical installations

Section 16

An electrical installation shall be deemed to have become operational when the installation is switched on for the purpose of use. However, an electrical installation shall not be deemed to have become operational in situations of controlled use necessary for the test run or the commissioning inspection of the installation.

An electrical installation shall be deemed to have been commissioned for its regular use when the site or station for which the electrical installation was constructed becomes operational or the operations for which the electrical installation was designed commence.

Section 17

An electrical installation may be commissioned for use only after the commissioning inspection has established that the installation does not expose to a hazard nor cause the interference referred to in Section 5 above.

In order to ensure electrical safety, the Ministry may provide that the electrical installation must also be subjected to a certification inspection before it is commissioned for its regular use. The Ministry may provide the cases where the certification inspection may be conducted after this date.

In cases provided by the Ministry, the certification inspection may be replaced by the certification of the contractor that constructed or was responsible for the construction of the electrical installation. The provisions on the right to conduct this kind of certifications are laid down in Section 22.

The provisions on the commissioning of equipment, contained in paragraph (1), shall also be applied to an installation to which essential modifications have been made.The Ministry shall issue further provisions on inspections and certifications.

Section 18

In cases provided by the Ministry, an electrical installation that has been commissioned shall be notified to the Electrical Safety Authority or to the distribution network operator in whose area of responsibility the electrical installation is located. The Ministry shall issue further provisions on the notification.

More detailed provisions on the distribution network operator's duties related to keeping a register shall be laid down by Decree. The distribution network operator may include reasonable costs arising from keeping the register in the selling prices of the network services referred to in the Electricity Market Act (386/95).

Section 19

The constructor of the electrical installation shall be responsible for the commissioning inspection, certification inspection and notification of the electrical installation to the Electrical Safety Authority or the distribution network operator. Should the constructor neglect his obligations or be prevented from performing them, the possessor of the electrical installation shall be responsible for the inspections and notifications.

Section 20

The Ministry may provide that particular electrical installations must be inspected at regular intervals (periodic inspection). The possessor of the electrical installation shall tend to it that the periodic inspection of the installation is carried out.The Ministry shall issue further provisions on the periodic inspections.

Section 21

The Ministry may provide that particular electrical installations must be serviced at regular intervals and that servicing and maintenance programmes must be drafted in advance for installations requiring regular care.

Section 22

The Electrical Safety Authority shall grant the electrical contractor the right to conduct certifications referred to in Section 17(3), and the Authority may also revoke the right. The requirements concerning the granting and revoking of a special qualification and the rights and obligations of the electrical contractor shall be laid down by Decree.

The Electrical Safety Authority shall supervise the operations of the electrical contractors referred to in paragraph 1 and verify at regular intervals that the specified requirements are fulfilled.

Section 23

A natural person acting as an authorised inspector or an accredited testing body may conduct the certification and periodic inspections of electrical installations, as laid down in more detail by the Ministry. The periodic inspection of a particular installation may also be conducted by a person who constructs, repairs or services electrical installations and by a person who is qualified to act as the supervisor referred to in Section 8(1) above, as laid down in more detail by the Ministry.


Section 24

The Electrical Safety Authority shall grant and may revoke the right to act as an authorised inspector. The Ministry shall appoint the accredited testing body, and it may revoke the appointment.

The Electrical Safety Authority shall supervise the authorised inspectors and verify at regular intervals that the specified requirements are fulfilled.With the assistance of the Electrical Safety Authority, the Ministry shall supervise the operations of the accredited testing body and verify at regular intervals that the specified requirements are fulfilled.

The requirements concerning the granting and the revoking of the right and authorisation to inspect and the rights and obligations of the authorised inspectors and accredited bodies shall be laid down by Decree.

 

Chapter 6

Supervision

Section 25

Under the management and supervision of the Ministry, the Electrical Safety Authority shall monitor compliance with this Act and the provisions and regulations issued by virtue of it.

Section 26

If this Act or the provisions or regulations issued by virtue of it are not observed when repairing or servicing electrical equipment or when constructing, repairing, servicing or using electrical installations, the Electrical Safety Authority may prohibit or impose restrictions on the operations.

Section 27

If, in supervision, it is found that an electrical device or a type of electrical device (product) offered for sale does not meet the requirements in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 or those laid down pursuant to Section 6, the Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right:

(1) to prohibit temporarily or permanently the manufacturing, offering for sale, selling and other transfer of the product;

(2) to demand that the product itself or the manufacturing process be modified so that the product meets the requirements of the provisions of Section 5 and those laid down pursuant to Section 6, and that this be demonstrated by certification procedures verifying the conformity of the testing body referred to in Section 14;

(3) if the prohibitions and modifications referred to in subparagraphs (1) and (2) cannot be deemed adequate, to order that the product in possession of the manufacturer, importer or seller be destroyed, or, if this is not deemed expedient, to provide how to otherwise deal with the product; and

(4) to oblige the manufacturer, importer or seller of the product to publicly notify of the risk related to the product, or to make such a notification itself at the expense of the manufacturer, importer or seller.The provisions referred to in paragraph (1) shall also apply, to the extent appropriate, to products exported by Finland, insofar as it is required by international agreements binding on Finland.

Section 28

Once the Electrical Safety Authority has made a prohibition decision subject to Section 27(1)(1), it may order the entrepreneur to undertake measures with respect to the products in possession of the consumer referred to in Chapter 1, Section 4 of the Consumer Protection Act, to eliminate the risk related to the products and to secure the legal position of the consumer.

The measure referred to in paragraph (1) may be:

(1) repairing the product so as to eliminate the risk resulting from the defect or inadequacy in the construction or composition of the product, or from false, misleading or insufficient information given about it;

(2) recalling from the consumer a product that does not comply with the requirements of Section 5 or those laid down pursuant to Section 6, and replacing the product with an identical or a similar product that is not hazardous; or

(3) cancelling the deal.

The Electrical Safety Authority may also issue the order referred to in paragraph (1) in case the prohibition decision referred to in Section 27(1)(1) cannot be made because the entrepreneur is no longer in possession of the products in question and there are weighty reasons to issue the order.

Section 29

If electrical equipment or an electrical installation, or their servicing or use, does not comply with this Act or the provisions and regulations issued by virtue of it, the Electrical Safety Authority shall request that the possessor of the equipment or installation correct the defects or neglect within a specified time-limit, or shall prohibit its use. Furthermore, the Electrical Safety Authority shall, if necessary, demand that the equipment or installation be disconnected from the electrical network. However, the Electrical Safety Authority may not prohibit the use of the electrical installation of the distribution network operator if such a prohibition would cause unreasonable harm to the consumers of electricity.

Section 30

If, during an inspection, an authorised inspector or an accredited testing body finds that the use of electrical equipment or an electrical installation provokes immediate danger, he or it shall notify the possessor of the equipment or installation in writing thereof and shall request that the possessor stop using the equipment or installation and disconnect it from the electrical network. The inspector or testing body shall immediately send a copy of the notification to the Electrical Safety Authority, which shall then take the necessary measures.

If, during an inspection, such defects or inadequacies are found in electrical equipment or an electrical installation that reduce the safety of its use, the authorised inspector or accredited body shall notify the possessor of the equipment or installation thereof.

Section 31

The Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right, notwithstanding the provisions on delivering confidential information, to receive from the possessor of the electrical installation and from the constructor, manufacturer, importer and seller of the electrical equipment and electrical installations and from the persons, corporations and bodies conducting the evaluation and inspection referred to in this Act, the information necessary for supervising compliance with this Act and with the provisions and regulations issued under it.

The Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right to receive from the distribution network operator's register, referred to in Section 18 above, the information necessary while conducting the supervision subject to this Act.

Section 32

For the purpose of supervising compliance with this Act and the provisions and regulations issued by virtue of it, the Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right to access the place of manufacture, construction, repair, service, storage and sale of the electrical equipment or electrical installation and the place of use of the electrical installation.

Section 33

The Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right to receive the necessary number of test samples of electrical equipment offered for sale whenever this is necessary for monitoring compliance with this Act and the provisions and regulations issued under it.If so requested by the entrepreneur, compensation shall be paid according to the current price for the test sample referred to in paragraph (1), unless it is found that the equipment is in violation of this Act or the provisions or regulations issued under it.If the electrical equipment does not meet the requirements of Section 5 or those laid down pursuant to Section 6, and the Electrical Safety Authority applies one of the prohibitions or requirements referred to in Section 27, the Electrical Safety Authority may oblige the entrepreneur to pay compensation for the costs arising from testing and research.

Section 34

The Electrical Safety Authority may make a prohibition or regulation it has issued under this Act more effective by the conditional imposition of a fine or a threat of having the neglect corrected at the defaulter's expense. The conditional imposition of a fine and the threat of having action taken at the defaulter's expense shall be subject to the Act on the Conditional Imposition of a Fine (1113/90).

The costs of having action taken at the defaulter's expense shall be paid in advance from State funds. The costs may be collected from the defaulter without a judgement or a decision in the order laid down in the Act on the Recovery of Taxes and Fees by Recovery Proceedings (367/61).

Section 35

The police and, in case of imports from outside the European Union, the customs authority shall, if needed, grant executive assistance for monitoring compliance with and implementing this Act and the provisions and regulations issued by virtue of it.

Section 36

For the purpose of supervision, the Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right, notwithstanding the provisions on delivering confidential information, to receive from the customs authority, insofar as imports from outside the European Union are concerned, the name of the importer of the electrical equipment or electrical installation and information on the type, quantity and date of import of the equipment or installation.

Section 37

Notwithstanding the secrecy obligation laid down by the Act on the Publicity of Authorities' Activity (621/1999), the Electrical Safety Authority shall have the right to give information falling within the scope of commercial or professional secret, obtained while performing duties referred to in this Act or the provisions issued subject to it, to official foreign bodies supervising electrical safety, if the information is necessary to prevent the risks related to electrical equipment or an electrical installation. (21.5.1999/634)

 

Chapter 7

Damage and inconvenience

Section 38

The possessor of the electrical equipment or electrical installation that caused the damage shall be liable to compensate the electric damage, regardless of whether or not he is at fault, unless otherwise laid down in this Chapter.

Section 39

According to this Act, the possessor of electrical equipment or an electrical installation shall not be liable for electric damage if:

(1) the electric damage was caused to another electrical equipment or electrical installation with a nominal voltage exceeding 400 volts; or

(2) the electric damage was caused by electrical equipment or an electrical installation belonging to the internal electricity supply of a real estate or by electrical equipment or an electrical installation connected to such equipment or installation, with a nominal voltage not exceeding 400 volts.

Section 40If the person suffering the damage has contributed to the damage, or if another factor not related to the electrical equipment or electrical installation or to its use has also contributed to the damage, the amount of compensation for damage may be adjusted as is deemed reasonable.

The compensation for bodily injury to which the person suffering the damage has contributed may be decreased only if the person suffering the damage or, in the case where a person liable to provide maintenance has deceased, the deceased, has contributed to the damage otherwise than by minor negligence.

Section 41

When determining compensation for damage, the provisions of Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Sections 2 and 3, and Chapter 7, Section 3, of the Damages Act (412/74) shall be observed.

Section 42

The owner of the electrical equipment or electrical installation who has given the equipment or installation to another person for use shall be liable for an electric damage in the same way as the possessor of the equipment or installation, however, not exceeding the value of the equipment or installation. The possessor of the equipment or installation shall be liable to compensate the owner for the sum paid by the latter, unless the Court of Justice decides that the owner is liable for the damage.

Section 43

Compensation for electric damage subject to this Act shall be requested within two years of the date on which the damage occurred.

Section 44

This Act shall not restrict the right of the person suffering the damage to receive compensation for electric damage on the basis of an agreement or the Damages Act, the Product Liability Act (694/90) or any other Act.

Section 45

The condition, contained in the agreement on connection between the distribution network operator and the consumer of electricity connected to the operator's network by a nominal voltage not exceeding 400 volts, that restricts the right of the person suffering the damage to compensation pursuant to this Act, shall be null and void.The condition, contained in an agreement other than that referred to in paragraph (1) and made prior to the discovery of the damage, that restricts the right of the person suffering the damage to compensation pursuant to this Act for bodily injury or for damage caused to property intended for private use or for consumption, and used principally for this purpose by the person suffering the damage, shall be null and void.

Section 46

The owner or possessor of electrical equipment or an electrical installation who has paid compensation pursuant to this Act shall have the right to claim the sum from the person who caused the damage on the grounds concerning the liability for damages of the latter.

Section 47

If the electrical installation causes interference or is hazardous to another electrical installation or its use, or causes through such installation interference or is hazardous despite the fact that the installations concerned comply with the regulations issued under Section 6 and with good technical practice, the owner of the installation that has been constructed later shall take the measures necessary to eliminate the interference or risk related to his installation, unless otherwise laid down in paragraph (2).

If, by modifying or supplementing the technical structure of the installation constructed earlier, it is possible to eliminate the interference or risk at a substantially lower cost than the cost that would arise from the measures referred to in paragraph (1), and this can be done without excessively harming the functioning of the installation, the owner of the installation constructed earlier shall modify or supplement his equipment as necessary.

Section 48

The owner of the electrical installation constructed earlier shall be liable for the costs of the measures referred to in Section 47(2). When determining the cost, the eventual benefit or disadvantage caused to the owner of the installation constructed earlier, as a result of a change in the performance or the operational costs of the installation ensuing from the measure, shall be taken into consideration.

Section 49

Of two electrical installations or two parts thereof, the one the construction of which was commenced later shall be considered an installation constructed later. If the mode of operation or the technical structure of the installation or a part thereof is modified so that the installation or its use causes interference or is hazardous, as referred to in Section 47, or so that the installation becomes markedly more susceptible to interference or risk, it shall be considered, however, that in this respect the installation was constructed on the date when the modification was made.

Section 50

If the owners of the electrical installation cannot agree on the measures necessary to eliminate the interference or risk referred to in Sections 47-49, the case shall be decided by the Electrical Safety Authority, unless otherwise agreed.

Section 51

The provisions of Sections 47-50 on electrical installations shall also apply, to the extent appropriate, to an individual electrical device.

Section 52

If, after the construction of an electrical installation or a part thereof has been commenced, a highway, route, railway, airport, gas, water or other corresponding pipe, building or other structure is or will be constructed in the vicinity of the installation, and if, for the sake of general safety or protection of the electrical installation, it becomes necessary to modify the installation, the owner of the electrical installation shall be liable to undertake the necessary modifications. However, the owner of the highway, route, airport, pipe, building or structure shall be liable to pay the costs of such measures.

Chapter 8

Appealing

Section 53

An administrative decision made by the Ministry and the Electrical Safety Authority subject to this Act or the provisions and regulations laid down under this Act, may be appealed, as provided in the Administrative Appeals Act (154/50). The decision shall be observed despite the appeal, unless otherwise provided by the court of appeal.

Chapter 9

Miscellaneous provisions

Section 54

Any person who:

(1) repairs or services electrical equipment, designs, constructs, repairs, services, uses or inspects electrical installations or engages in other operations referred to in this Act in violation of this Act or the provisions and regulations subject to this Act;

(2) neglects to make the notification referred to in Sections 12, 13, or 18 above; or

(3) violates a prohibition or regulation issued subject to Sections 26 - 29 above

shall be fined for violating the provisions on electrical safety, unless a more severe punishment is laid down elsewhere in the law.

A person who violates a prohibition or an obligation laid down subject to this Act and made more effective by the conditional imposition of a fine, may not be sentenced to punishment for the same act by virtue of paragraph (1).

Section 55

Any financial benefit resulting from an offence referred to above in Section 54(1) shall be declared forfeit according to the provisions laid down in Chapter 2, Section 16, of the Penal Code.

Property that has been the object of the offence referred to in Section 54(1), shall be declared forfeit to the State to the extent the forfeiture is necessary, the qualities of the property being hazardous to life, health or other property. The Penal Code, Chapter 46, Sections 9-12, shall be applied to the restrictions concerning forfeiture of property, forfeiture of the value of the property instead of the property, appropriation of forfeiture and the procedure applied to the forfeiture of property.

Section 56

More detailed provisions on the implementation of this Act shall be laid down by Decree.Further provisions on matters to be laid down by Decree may be issued by decision of the Ministry.

The Electrical Safety Authority shall issue the technical and administrative instructions for the harmonisation of the application of this Act and the provisions and regulations issued under it, where necessary.

Section 57

An Advisory Committee set up by the Ministry of Trade and Industry shall assist the Ministry and the Electrical Safety Authority in developing and monitoring this Act and the provisions and regulations issued subject to it. Further provisions on the Advisory Committee shall be issued by Decree.

Chapter 10

Entry into force and transitional provisions

Section 58

This Act shall enter into force on 1 September 1996.

This Act shall repeal the Electricity Act (319/79) issued on 16 March 1979 as amended. Any reference in legislation to the Electricity Act must be read as a reference to the Electrical Safety Act.

Measures necessary for the implementation of this Act may be undertaken before the entry into force of the Act.

Section 59

The decisions of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, issued by virtue of the Electricity Act, on electrical safety regulations (205/74), managing electrical operations (1098/88), safety of electrical equipment (1694/93), supervision of electrical equipment and approval required of certain electrical equipment (1695/93), electromagnetic compatibility of electrical equipment and installations (1696/93), electrical safety regulations on electrically operated medical equipment used in veterinary medicine (1697/93), electrical safety regulations on electrical equipment used in inflammable premises (1698/93), safety of electrical installations (1396/94), and safety regulations on electrically operated elevators and certain other elevating and transfer gear (300/94), insofar as elevators and inspection and servicing of electrically operated elevators and similar transfer gear are concerned (1114/95), shall remain in force as amended.

The regulations, notices and circulars issued by the Electrical Inspectorate pursuant to Section 6(2) of the Electricity Act, shall remain in force as provided by the Ministry.The "FI" mark authorised pursuant to Section 39 of the Electricity Act, prior to 1 January 1994, may still be used as long as the certificate of approval is valid, but only until 31 December 1996.

Section 60

The commissioning notifications of electrical installations submitted to the Electrical Safety Authority subject to the Electricity Act shall be dealt with by the Electrical Safety Authority as requests for certification inspections referred to in this Act, as laid down in more detail by the Ministry. Correspondingly, the electric company shall deal with the commissioning notifications of electrical installations submitted to it as requests for certification inspections referred to in this Act, as laid down in more detail by the Ministry. A fee not exceeding the fee laid down in the Fee Decree in force when the commissioning notification was lodged may be collected for these certification inspections.

Section 61

Certificates of qualification, exemptions and exceptional permissions granted subject to Section 7 of the Electricity Act, and the Act on Electrical Power Plants (167/28) repealed by the Electricity Act, shall remain in force to the extent laid down in the said documents, and they shall be considered corresponding proof of the qualification referred to in Section 8(1)(1) above.

A person engaging in operations referred to above in Section 8, who has a valid licence granted pursuant to Section 8 of the Electricity Act, or who has made a notification referred to in Section 67 of the Electricity Act, may continue his operations to the extent indicated by the licence or notification without making the notification referred to in Section 12. However, notifications of changes shall be made pursuant to Section 12.

Section 62

Until 30 June 1997, the distribution network operator shall ensure that sufficient certification inspection services provided by an authorised inspector are available in its area of responsibility.

Section 63

Until 30 June 1997, a company or plant that, subject to Section 30 of the Electricity Decree (925/79), has inspected electrical installations to be constructed in its area of responsibility, may conduct the certification inspections referred to in Chapter 5 of this Act, without needing to prove compliance with the requirements laid down in the said Chapter. Section 32 of the Electricity Act and the regulations issued by virtue of it shall be applied to the qualification conditions and impartiality of the persons directing inspection operations and conducting inspections. The inspection operations shall be supervised pursuant to Section 24 above.

Section 64

Until 30 June 1997, the Ministry may appoint as an evaluation body referred to in Chapter 3, an inspection body referred to in Chapter 4 and an accredited testing body referred to in Chapter 5, a corporation or a plant without requesting that conformity with specified requirements be demonstrated as laid down in the said Chapters, if it is otherwise estimated by the Ministry that the requirements are fulfilled.


Signatures

In Helsinki, 14 June 1996

President of the Republic

Minister of Trade and Industry

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