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The legislation of relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health & Safety at Work Regulations

1999,the Electricity at Work regulations 1989,the Workplace(health,safety and Welfare)Regulations 1992 the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations1998.

The Health and Safety at work act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This does include the self employed.

The Management of Health and Safety at work Act 1999 states: “Every employer shall make suitable assessment of”:

  • A the risk to the health and safety of his employers to which they are exposed whilst at work and

  • B the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking.

The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
“Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in a efficient state,in efficient working order and in good repair”

PUWER 1998 only applies to applies to equipment used by workers at work. This includes all work equipment (fixed,transportable or portable) connected to a source of electrical energy.

The Electricity at Work Act 1989 states:
“All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent,so far as reasonably practicable such danger”

“As may be necessary to prevent danger,all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent so far as reasonably practicable such danger.” “System means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is,or may be electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment.”

It is clear that the combination of the HSW Act 1974,the PUWER 1998 and the EAW Regulations apply to all electrical equipment used in or associated with places of work. The scope extends from distribution system down to the smallest electrical equipment. It is clear that there is a requirement to inspect and test all types of electrical equipment in all work situations.

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