Health & Safety, An Introduction to


How safe is electricity in your workplace?

Electricity can kill. Most deaths are caused by contact with overhead or underground power cables. Even non-fatal shocks can cause severe and permanent injury. Shocks from faulty equipment may lead to falls from ladders, scaffolds or other work platforms. Those using electricity may not be the only ones at risk. Poor electrical installations and faulty electrical appliances can lead to fires which can also result in death or injury to others.

Does this concern me?

Does anyone do electrical work in your business? Only those with appropriate technical knowledge and experience should be allowed to do this.

Is your electrical equipment in good working order?

Do you choose equipment that is suitable for its working environment, e.g. waterproof or dustproof?

Do you dig in the street, pavement or near buildings? Knowing the proper precautions for avoiding underground cables is essential.

Do you work near or under overhead powerlines? There are essential safety precautions to follow.

What law applies?

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

How and where you can get more help

‘Electrical safety and you’ INDG231 FREE (available in packs of 15 ISBN 0 7176 1207 4 £5.00)

‘Electricity at work. Safe working practices’ HSG85 ISBN 0 7176 2164 2 £7.95

‘Avoidance of danger from overhead electric power lines’ GS6 ISBN 0 7176 1348 8 £5.00

‘Avoiding danger from underground services’ HSG47 ISBN 0 7176 1744 0 £7.50

You can order any of these titles through HSE Books.

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