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Topics: Electrical Safety

Introduction:

Electricity can kill and maim people by:

  • Electric Shock
  • Burns
  • Fire and Explosion

The most common voltage involved in electrical accidents is 230 volts (normal mains voltage). A large proportion of electrical accidents happen to persons who are electrically skilled working on equipment falsely thought to be dead

Source - HSE(GB)
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Key Messages/Current Issues:

  • Design and Construct

    Equipment and systems should be selected erected and tested in accordance with appropriate standards eg BS7671 for installations up to 1000volts

  • Maintain

    There should be a systematic procedure in place to regularly check the electrical system including any portable equipment

  • Work Safely

    Only competent persons should carry out work on electrical systems

    Isolation and testing should take place before working on electrical equipment

Key Legislation

Electricity at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991

Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.