Information

Your safety in the home and in the workplace is of the upmost importance, which is why ABEC strongly recommends that any electrical work that is needed on your premises, whether at home or at work, is only carried out by a fully qualified electrician. NICEIC is the UK electrical contracting industry’s independent body and ensures that their registered electricians are competent to safely and proficiently perform services with skill and professionalism.

The various regulations and rules surrounding businesses can be slightly difficult to navigate at the best of times. The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) is the central piece of legislation which clarifies the need to maintain electrical systems safely. Regulations require that “all electrical tools and equipment used by construction workers must be safe to use” and that “any electric tools hired out to end-users must be safe to use”. In the workplace the regulations specify that employers take steps to limit the risk of harm from electricity and electrical systems, and this includes both electrical installations and electrical equipment.

The only way to ensure every effort is made towards a safe workplace, and to ensure you can back up your hard work if things go wrong, is to have regular electrical testing carried out on all the electrical equipment at your workplace. This will accurately identify faults, their locations and usually the recommended solution.

Many employers often require basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law. The links and publications below can provide further information on this and other health & safety queries such as: deciding who's responsible for health and safety, writing a health and safety policy, managing the risks, consulting employees, providing training and information, providing the right workplace facilities, making first-aid arrangements and reporting accidents, and acquiring insurance for your business.

Further Info

Health & Safety Executive leaflets on electrical safety
Electrical Safety Council Guidance

Publications

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Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety

Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety - ESC

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Electrical Safety in Communal

Electrical Safety in Communal Areas England and Wales

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Housing and Residential Life Guidebook

The Housing and Residential Life Guidebook contains information related to living in the residence halls including important rules, regulations, policies, and procedures