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.
Those most at risk of an electrical related injury include
Employees should only work on or with electrical equipment if they have suitable training, knowledge, experience and supervision.
Voltages over 50 volts AC or 120 volts DC are considered hazardous. Harm can be caused when exposed to 'live parts' or through conducting objects or materials.
Shocks from equipment can cause severe and permanent injuries. Shocks can also cause indirect injuries, such as falls from
Faulty or overloaded equipment can lead to fires which can cause damage, injuries and loss of life.
The most common injuries are caused by
Other potential sources can be
Electricity can also ignite flammable or explosive atmospheres, for example in spray paint booths or around refuelling areas.
Where work with electricity cannot be avoided, then the best way to find out about the risks in your organisation, and how to address these, is by discussing issues with staff and carrying out a risk assessment.
Where the work being carried out is considered to be complex, you should provide more detail to those involved in the form of a method statement. This includes how the job is to be carried out and the how the risks are managed.
Whilst not a legal requirement, a safety method statement describes, in a logical way, exactly how a job is to be carried out to ensure safety for all involved.
Use our method statement form
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team