Employers’ legal obligations on electrical safety are set out in:
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (“POWER”), and
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
By law, your organisation must maintain all electrical systems to prevent danger.
- This will involve a degree of inspection and testing of the electrical installation and equipment under your organisation’s control but, the law doesn’t define how often inspections are needed.
- Instead, the onus is on the employer to carry out a risk assessment of electrical equipment and to determine the appropriate frequency of inspections and tests.
The Health & Safety Control Manual provides more detailed information on this topic. Please contact the Health & Safety hotline number if you have any further queries.