Electrical Division urges compliance with inspection rule

Electrical Division urges compliance with inspection rule
(PRESS RELEASE) – The Electrical Division within the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour is embarking on a public education drive on the legal requirements for routine inspections of domestic and commercial electrical connections.

The Electricity Supply Act, which regulates the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity on Saint Lucia stipulates that all connections must undergo periodic inspections.

According to the law, all commercial establishments must have electrical inspections done every two years, and for domestic connections, the inspections must be done every five years. All swimming pools must undergo annual inspections.

Acting Chief Electrical Engineer Shane Jean says the authorities’ need for consumers to appreciate the law is meant to ensure public safety.

Citizens and business owners are advised that they are to hire a certified electrician as part of the procedure for applying with the Electrical Division for an inspection.
Once the facility is inspected and meets all requirements, an approval sticker is then affixed on location, indicating that it is safe and approved for an electrical connection. A certificate of approval is then issued which is collected at the Electrical Division within two business days.

For January 2019, staff of the Electrical Division conducted a total of 215 electrical inspections. This included 128 domestic, 22 commercial, 50 temporary and 15 routine inspections.

The Electrical Division within the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour plans to hold meetings with key stakeholders including the Consumers Association, the Chamber of Commerce, Manufacturers Association and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), to promote greater adherence to the law.
By Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour
February 4, 2019