Approved NICEIC Approved Contractors are assessed to the highest standards covering all types of electrical works and installations.

NICEIC Hazardous Areas Scheme

This scheme covers electrical work carried out in potentially explosive environments.

Sometimes electrical work is undertaken in areas where there are gases, vapours or combustible dust particles present. In such circumstances, the work needs additional requirements to ensure that contractors are working safely.

This scheme is available to contractors who wish to demonstrate that they are competent to undertake work in these high risk areas and are already registered as Approved Contractors.

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Safety and competence

Approved Contractors registered by NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards, codes of practice and rules of the Schemes they are registered to.

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Hazardous Areas

Hazardous Area Approved Contractors have the relevant qualifications to undertake work in various locations, including petrol filling stations. - See more at:

An extension of scheme to cover Hazardous Areas requires an additional assessment by an NICEIC Hazardous Area engineer. The visits are structured to cover particular requirements when undertaking work in hazardous areas, such as:


  • Looking at the procedures involved in managing work undertaken in hazardous areas including certification of work
  • Reviewing competency levels and training records of staff doing the work
  • Checking access to relevant technical standards
  • Checking that the insurance provision for the business covers work in hazardous areas
  • Onsite evaluation of completed work to monitor adherence to relevant standards
At the end of the assessment the area engineer will give you feedback on how it went. They will then make one of the following recommendations:
The extension of scope to cover Hazardous Areas demonstrates at assessment that: the business is currently registered as an NICEIC Approved Contractor and is directly engaged in electrical work in potentially explosive atmospheres (other than in mines, medical locations and locations relating to the manufacture and processing of explosives, and off-shore) and that we can arrange access to a range of hazardous area work sufficient for technical evaluation and assessment purposes. That we have equipment appropriate to the range and scale of electrical work undertaken in hazardous areas (including, if appropriate, gauges such as feeler gauges) That we hold British Standards and other technical reference documents relevant to the range and scale of electrical work undertaken in potentially explosive atmospheres That we employ persons competent to undertake electrical work in hazardous areas, who are adequately and appropriately supervised There are established and maintained training and experience records for each person who may be assigned To undertake electrical work in potentially explosive atmospheres (except for persons who will be subject to constant supervision) There is one or more suitable Qualified Supervisors for Hazardous Areas - See more at: