Electrical equipment is required to be properly maintained so as to prevent danger.
In order to fulfill these obligation Inspections and tests are necessary. Although reference is made to legislation, this web page should not be considered as legal advice. In case of doubt, the specific legislation mentioned should be consulted and legal advice obtained.
The responsibilities for safety of persons at work are detailed in legislation.
The legislation relevant to electrical maintenance is:
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
This act puts a duty of care upon both employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the premises. This includes the self-employed.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:
(a) The risks to the health and safety of employers to which they are exposed while they are at work, and
(b) The risk to the health and safety of persons not in their employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by the employer of his undertaking.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
These Regulations State:
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.
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
As may be necessary to prevent danger all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is necessary practicable, such danger.
Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient order and in good repair.
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
These regulations require that every employer shall ensure that the workplace equipment, devices and systems are maintained. This includes keeping the equipment devices and systems in an efficient state, in efficient working order, and in good repair.
Where appropriate, the equipment, devices and systems shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance.