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Use of electricity in the workplace

IET factfile: Health and Safety - Use of electricity in the workplace

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

The use of Electricity in the workplace is subject to “The Electricity At Work Regulations 1989”.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, (EAWR) have wide applicability to all electrical systems and equipment and require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or injury from electricity in work activities.

The design of systems and equipment, their construction, operation, use, maintenance and work are covered.

The EAWR state the requirements for electrical safety for people or equipment. Duties are imposed on employers, self-employed persons and employees, who are required to comply with the EAWR as far as they relate to matters within their control. Employees are required to co-operate with their employer to enable the safe discharge of the employer’s duties.