Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (1 day)


The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 applies wherever the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies and wherever electricity may be encountered. In the main, the Regulations are concerned with the prevention of danger from electrical shock, electrical burn, electrical explosion or arcing, or from fire or explosion initiated by electrical energy. The Regulations give legal force to widely recognised good practice for safe systems of work and for attention to proper design and installation of all electrical equipment. This course has been designed for electrical minded persons to gain an understanding as to their responsibilities under these regulations whether it is the design, installation or maintenance of electrical equipment. This one day course is an ideal opportunity to obtain a clear understanding of the legal responsibilities presented by a former electrical inspector with many years experience of enforcing these regulations.

Aims & Objectives:

The course is intended for persons with electrical knowledge and experience who are designing, installing or maintaining electrical equipment. The contents will also apply to electrical minded persons who have responsibilities for the management and/or supervision of electrical work.

This one day course has been split into four sessions. The morning will cover the topics of electrical hazards and risks and electrical precautions. The two afternoon sessions comprise Construction, protection and maintenance concluding with safe working practices. Throughout the day many examples will be given to illustrate important issues. There will be an opportunity at the close of the course to put relevant questions to the course presenter.

Course Outline:

This is summarised as follows:

1) Electrical Hazard and Risk

  • Biological effects of electricity on the body
  • Electrical accident statistics

(2) Electrical Precautions

  • 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

(3) Construction, protection and maintenance

  • Regulation 4(1)
  • Regulation 4(2)
  • Strengths and capacities
  • Adverse or hazardous environments
  • Insulation, protection and placing of conductors
  • Earthing or other suitable precautions
  • Integrity of reference conductors
  • Connections
  • Excess current protections
  • Cutting off the supply and isolation
  • Working space, access and lighting

(4) Safe working practice

  • Responsibilities of the duty holder
  • Legal definitions
  • 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
  • Competence and tarring

Intended For:

Any person who undertakes or has management or supervisory responsibility for electrical work.