Public Safety Management Systems Scheme (New Zealand)

The New Zealand government Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and Gas (Safety) Regulations 2010 require an electricity or gas supply industry organisation to establish a Public Safety Management System (PSMS) to ensure that their energy assets do not pose a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public or damage to their property.

The issues to consider in certifying a PSMS differ significantly to the issues around certifying an occupational health and safety (OHS) management system due to the significantly different scopes and associated hazards and risks. This scheme is therefore based only on certification of PSMS to NZS 7901:2008, Electricity and Gas Industries – Safety Management Systems for Public Safety.

As of October 2016 the scheme also allows for certification to NZS 7901:2014 – Electricity and gas industries – Safety management systems for public safety as a means of demonstrating compliance with NZS 7901:2008.

Note: the scheme is not applicable to certification of a PSMS to Regulations 49 and 50 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with JAS-ANZ Public Safety Management Systems Scheme (PSMS Scheme). As a management systems scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015– Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.

If a client also seeks certification for its OHS management system, applicant CABs also need to comply with JAS-ANZ Procedure 02, Part 1 - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. See separate information page on Part 1.

Benefits

  • Demonstrates that electricity or gas supply industry organisations can meet requirements for establishing a Public Safety Management System under NZS 7901:2008.
  • Provides confidence to stakeholders that the energy assets of electricity or gas supply industry organisations do not pose a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public or damage to their property.

Scheme owner

New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (MED).

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.