Common hazards, your legal duties and precautions you can take when working with electricity
Electrical safety at work should be a concern to all organisations.
Use the links below to find information on hazards when working with electricity, how to assess these, precautions you can take and your legal obligations.
The Electricity at Work Regulations apply to all aspects of the use of electricity within the workplace. They place duties on employers, employees and the self-employed to prevent danger.
Duty holders must
Electrical equipment used in hazardous environments must be constructed or protected to prevent it becoming dangerous. This includes
Employees should only work on or with electrical equipment if they have suitable
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have guidance you can download on the Electricity at Work Regulations.
Visit the HSE site for Electricity at Work Regulations
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) advise that the following incidents must be reported.
You should also report injury to staff due to an electric shock or electrical burn that leads to
Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations place duties on employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of work sites and premises, and provide guidance on correct signage and non verbal communication methods.
The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Wiring Regulations have the status of a British Standard. They are supported by
guidance notes on particular requirements of parts of the regulations.
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team