The legislation relevant to electrical maintenance are as follows:
Health & Safety at Work Act etc. (1974)
Puts the duty of care upon both the employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises.
Electricity and Work Regulations (1989)
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger".
"System means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or may be, electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment"
The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998)
"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided"
"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair"
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
"Every employer shall make a suitable assessment of:
1. The risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work and;
2. The risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct of him or his undertaking."
As you can see, the combination of this legislation makes it very clear that electrical safety is vitally important and that it is the responsibility of each company to ensure that they have fulfilled their duty of care.
There are, unfortunately, many horror stories where companies have not fulfilled their duty of care, often due to their failure to establish a programme of electrical testing and inspection. Because a seemingly simple task of ensuring electrical safety can be more complex than anticipated, we encourage you to contact us without obligation so that we can discuss the issues that you need to consider.