Electricity at Work Regulations

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: Electricity at Work Regulations

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Regulations

Date: 1989

Reference: SI 1989/635 [Full text]

General Description:

These Regulations impose health and safety requirements with respect to electricity at work. As far as agriculture is concerned, they impose duties upon employers, self-employed persons, and employees.

Amongst other things, the Regulations:

  • Impose requirements with regard to the construction and maintenance of electrical systems.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the carrying out of work activities (including the operation, use and maintenance of electrical systems and work near electrical systems).
  • Impose requirements with regard to the provision of protective equipment.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the putting into use of electrical equipment.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the construction and protection of electrical equipment which may reasonably foreseeably be exposed to adverse or hazardous environments.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the insulation and protection of, and the taking of precautions in respect of, conductors.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the taking of precautions to prevent danger in respect of certain conductors.
  • Impose restrictions with regard to the placing of any thing which might give rise to danger in any circuit conductor which is connected to earth or to any other reference point.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the mechanical and electrical suitability for use of joints and connections in electrical systems.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the protection from excess currents of electrical systems.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the availability of suitable means for cutting off the supply of electrical energy to, and the isolation of, electrical equipment which is not itself a source of electrical energy and (where necessary) the taking of such other precautions as will, so far as reasonably practicable, prevent danger in respect of electrical equipment which is itself a source of electrical energy.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the taking of such precautions in respect of electrical equipment which has been made dead in order to prevent danger while work is carried on or near it as will prevent that equipment from becoming electrically charged.
  • Impose restrictions on persons being engaged in work activities on or near certain live conductors.
  • Impose requirements with regard to the provision of adequate working space, adequate lighting and adequate means of access at specified electrical equipment.
  • Impose restrictions with regard to who may be engaged in work activities where technical knowledge or experience is necessary to prevent danger or injury.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Health, Safety, Equipment

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