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Synopsis of EAW Regs

ELECTRICITY AT WORK REGULATIONS 1989

Technical details on the practical application of the Regulations are found in the supporting Memorandum of Guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive and British Standard 7671: 2008 "Requirements for Electrical Installations" (The IEE Wiring Regulations) covers requirements for design, installation, inspection, testing, verification and certification.

A synopsis of the Regulations most relevant to the University's activities follows:

Regulation 4 - Systems, work activities and protective equipment

All electrical systems shall be constructed and maintained to prevent danger.

All work activities are to be carried out so as not to give rise to danger.

Standard of duty - reasonably practicable

Regulation 5 – Strength, capability of electrical equipment

No electrical equipment is to be used where its strength and capability may be exceeded so

as to give rise to danger.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 6 – Adverse or hazardous environments

Electrical equipment sited in adverse or hazardous environments must be suitable for those

conditions.

Standard of duty - reasonably practicable

Regulation 7 – Insulation, protection and placing of conductors

Permanent safeguarding or suitable positioning of live conductors is required.

Standard of duty - reasonably practicable

Regulation 8 – Earthing or other suitable precautions

Equipment must be earthed or other suitable precautions must be taken e.g. the use of

residual current devices, double insulated equipment, reduced voltage equipment etc.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 9 – Integrity of reference conductors

Nothing to be placed in an earthed circuit conductor that might, without suitable precautions,

give rise to danger by breaking the electrical continuity or introducing a high impedance.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 10 - Connections

All joints and connections in systems must be mechanically and electrical suitable for use.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 11 – Means of protecting from excess current

Suitable protective devices should be installed in each system to ensure all parts of the

system and users of the system are safeguarded from the effects of fault conditions.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 12 – Means of cutting off supply and for isolation

Where necessary to prevent danger, suitable means shall be available for cutting off the

electrical supply to any electrical equipment.

Standard of duty - absolute

Regulation 13 – Precautions for work on equipment made dead

Adequate precautions must be taken to prevent electrical equipment, which has been made

dead in order to prevent danger, from becoming live whilst any work is carried out.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 14 – Work on or near live conductors

No work can be carried out on live electrical equipment unless this can be properly justified.

This means that risk assessments are required. If such work must be carried out, suitable

precautions must be taken to prevent injury.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 15 – Working space, access and lighting

Adequate working space, adequate means of access and adequate lighting shall be provided

at all electrical equipment on which or near which work is being done in circumstances that

may give rise to danger.

Standard of duty – absolute

Regulation 16 – Persons to be competent to prevent danger and injury

No person shall engage in work that requires technical knowledge or experience to prevent

danger or injury, unless he has that knowledge or experience, or is under appropriate

supervision.

Standard of duty - absolute