Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (half-day)


These Regulations complement the Health and Safety at Work Act by placing responsibilities on everyone involved with electricity at work, whether as a director, manager, supervisor or employee. The extent of these responsibilities is dictated by what is under the control of the individual concern. They apply across the broad spectrum of company hierarchy. Everyone is a duty holder with responsibilities for electrical safety. Therefore both electrical minded persons together with those responsible for the management of electrical safety are duty holders and need to know their responsibilities in law. This half day course is an ideal opportunity to obtain a broad understanding of these responsibilities.

Aims & Objectives:

The course is run as a proactive event with every delegate taking an active part in examining the practicality and logic of the regulations as to how they address the problems faced by those in the front line undertaking electrical work. By the end of the course delegates will have an understanding of how the regulations address the safe system of work, safety of electrical equipment and the competence required by those undertaking electrical work on different classes of equipment.

Course Outline:

This is summarised as follows:

    • Biological effects of electricity on the body
    • Electrical accident statistics
    • Primary forms of protection
    • Secondary forms of protection
    • The psychology of accidents and how this relates to electrical accidents
    • Simple protection systems
    • Visual inspection of electrical equipment
    • Responsibilities of the duty holder
    • Legal definitions
    • Legal requirements for safety of an electrical system
    • Legal responsibilities for the maintenance
    • Portable appliance testing
    • Legal requirements for safe systems of work
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Legal requirements of working dead
    • Legal requirements for working live
    • Formal written system for working safely
    • Use of safety documents
    • Management responsibilities for electrical safety
    • Assessing the competence of the electrical practitioner
    • Electrical safety circles

Intended For:

Any person such as managers, supervisors and employees who undertake electrical work with responsibilities for the management of electrical safety.