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                                    Electricity at work regulations (1989)

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                                    Electricity at work regulations (1989)
                                     
                                     
                                     

                                    Regulation 4 – Systems, work activities and protective equipment

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                                    All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger

                                    Equipment construction is fit for purpose, no missing covers/screens etc. Ability to withstand worst case fault levels, contain arcs, design considerations regarding protective devices, environmental conditions

                                    Protection study
                                    Fault level study
                                    Site audit to check condition of equipment

                                    As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger Is the equipment in good condition? Is there a suitable maintenance schedule and specification in place and do any maintenance records exist? Site audit to check condition of equipment
                                    Audit of maintenance procedure and plan
                                    Every work activity, including operation, use and maintenance of a system and work near a system, shall be carried out in such a manner as not to give rise, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger Are there suitable procedures and associated equipment to allow sufficient and suitable isolation of circuits? Are suitable trained and appointed authorised persons on site? Audit of electricity safety rules
                                    Audit of Authorised Persons
                                    Any equipment provided under these regulations for the purpose of protecting persons at work on or near electrical equipment shall be suitable for the use for which it is provided, be maintained in a condition suitable for that use, and be properly used Are the correct procedures and PPE used when working near electrical equipment? Audit of working practices and safe system of work
                                     

                                    Regulation 5 – Strength and capability of equipment

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                                    No electrical equipment shall be put into use where its strength and capability may be exceeded in such a way as may give rise to danger. Is the equipment fit for purpose - can it still provide safe interruption of fault currents? If the network has changed the fault level may have increased? Site audit to check condition of equipment
                                    Fault level study
                                     

                                    Regulation 6 – Adverse or hazardous environments

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                                    Electrical equipment which may reasonably foresee ably be exposed to:-

                                    • Mechanical damage
                                    • The effects of weather, natural hazards, temperature or pressure
                                    • The effects of wet, dirty, dusty or corrosive conditions
                                    • Any flammable or explosive substance including dusts, vapours or gases
                                    • Shall be of such construction or as necessary protected as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger arising from such exposure
                                    Does the network have the right protection in the correct place? Site audit to check condition of equipment
                                    Fault/protection study
                                     

                                    Regulation 11 – Means for cutting off the supply and for isolation

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                                    Efficient means, suitably located, shall be provided for protecting from excess of current every part of a system as may be necessary to prevent danger. Does the network have the right protection in the correct place? Site audit to check condition of equipment
                                    Fault/protection study
                                     

                                    Regulation 12 – Means for cutting off the supply and for isolation

                                      What does it mean? Power consultancy offer
                                      Can you isolate all equipment safely? Audit of working practices and safe system of work
                                    Site audit of equipment and review of network
                                     

                                    Regulation 13 – Precautions for work on equipment made dead

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                                      Can you prove the equipment is dead and ensure it cannot be made live again? Audit of working practices and safe system of work
                                     

                                    Regulation 14 – Work on or near live conductors

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                                      Methods of safe working Audit of Electrical Safety Rules
                                    Audit of authorised persons
                                     

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

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                                      Are there competent people working on the equipment? Audit of authorised persons
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     
                                     

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