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Am I affected by the Electricity at Work regulations?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 imposes a duty of care on employers to manage their electrical systems and products so as not to cause death or injury to others.  The regulations cover the design, construction, operation and maintenance of these systems.
The Electricity at Work regulations came into force on 1st April 1990.  To comply with them, employers must monitor the ongoing condition of their electrical systems through regular inspection and testing to ensure that the systems are safe to use.  Records of the test results should be kept.
The regulations cover all premises and places where people work, including:
  • Public buildings such as schools, hospitals, sports and leisure centres, museums, cinemas, theatres, football, cricket and athletic grounds;
  • Residential homes for the elderly, hotels and guesthouses;
  • Industrial factories, farms and construction sites; and
  • Commercial offices, shops and warehouses
If you are responsible for any of the above types of property and would like to know whether you are adequately meeting your obligations under the Electricity at Work regulations, our consultancy service may be able to help you. We have a number of products aimed at helping businesses of all sizes assess their policies and procedures with regards to their electrical installations.  For further information head over to our electrical consultancy pages.

To find an Approved Contractor to inspect and test your installation, use our Find Contractors search facility.