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Electrical Safety Policy
The Electrical Safety Policy applies to all employees who are working with the Ninija Electric Limited.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and memorandum of guidance
Standards have been set for fixed electrical installations, most notably BS7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations IET Wiring Regulations. Although it is not a statutory instrument, compliance with it will usually ensure compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations
Electrical equipment means anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy.
A 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.
Competence means having the necessary knowledge and experience of the type of work to be undertaken and the skills and ability to complete the work safely. The scope of the knowledge and experience needed includes:
Adequate knowledge of electricity and adequate experience of electrical work;
Adequate understanding of the system to be worked on and practical experience of that type of system;
An understanding of the hazards which may arise during the work and the precautions to that need to be taken; and
An ability to recognise at all times whether it is safe for work to continue.
“Suitable and safe for use” means deciding if a system or item of equipment is suitable and safe for use, based on due consideration of factors such as:
The persons who will use the system or item of equipment;
The use to which the system or item of equipment will be put; and
The environment in which the system, or item of equipment will operate.
Precautions: in this context includes, but is not limited to:
Insulation, protection and placing of conductors;
Earthing and other suitable precautions;
Suitable electrical joints; and
Protection from excess currents.
Isolation: means the disconnection from every source of electrical energy in such a way that disconnection and separation is secure against deliberate or inadvertent reconnection.
Live: equipment that is at a voltage by being connected to a source of electricity. Live parts that are uninsulated and exposed so that they can be touched either directly or indirectly by a conducting object are hazardous if the voltage exceeds 50 V ac or 120 V dc in dry conditions and/or if the fault energy level is high.
Dead: means not electrically ‘live’ or ‘charged’.
Ninija will manage, so far as reasonably practicable, all electrical systems and electrical equipment falling under its control in such a manner as to minimise the risk of any person using such systems to a tolerable level. Ninija will aim to achieve this policy by putting measures in place to secure, so far as is reasonably practicable:
That all electrical systems and equipment is suitable and safe for its intended use.
That suitable precautions are taken to prevent danger arising from the use of electrical systems and equipment.
That all electrical systems and equipment are subject to a suitable risked-based regime of inspection, testing and maintenance. This requirement is limited to circumstances where this is necessary to ensure that systems or equipment remains safe.
That all electrical systems and equipment shall have a suitable means of cutting off the electrical power and isolating it.
That electrical systems or equipment which are decommissioned, dismantled or abandoned are made dead and isolated from every source of electrical energy.
That all work on live electrical systems or equipment should be performed in exceptional circumstances only. Work on or near live electrical conductors (other than one suitably insulated) is not permitted unless:
It is unreasonable in all the circumstances for it to be dead; and
It is reasonable in all the circumstances for the work to take place while the conductor is live; and
Suitable precautions are taken to prevent injury.
That before any live electrical is undertaken, the operation is subject to a risk assessment and suitable precautions implemented before work commences.
That work on or near electrical systems or equipment is only undertaken by persons competent to do so.
Ninija will accept the use of privately owned double insulated (Class II) electrical equipment in non-residential buildings as long as it is maintained in good condition and working order and is used in appropriate circumstances.
Ninija has adopted the Health Technical Memorandum’s 06-01Electrical services supply and distribution, HTM 06-02 Electrical safety guidance for low voltage systems and HTM 06-03 Electrical safety guidelines for high voltage systems as a means to meet the requirements of the Regulations.
Technical Directors are responsible for ensuring that:
Electrical systems or equipment are suitable and safe for use. This includes ensuring that suitable precautions are implemented to prevent danger.
Electrical systems or equipment are subject to a suitable regime of inspection, testing and maintenance to ensure they remain safe to use. This requirement is limited to circumstances where this is necessary to ensure safety.
That electrical systems or equipment are disconnected and isolated before any work is conducted on or near the conductors, unless it is planned that live electrical work will be performed. This requirement is limited to circumstances where exposure to live conductors can cause injury.
Any planned live electrical work is only performed if the criteria set out in the policy are met. This includes ensuring that the work is fully assessed and suitable precautions implemented before work commences. This requirement is limited to circumstances where live electrical work can cause injury.
For work within his/her control on or near electrical conductors is only performed by persons competent to do so.
Suitable records, including relevant certification, in respect of fixed wire testing are kept and maintained up to date.
All persons employed to carry out work to the fixed wire electrical system are competent to do so.
Employees are required to:
Cooperate with Ninija with regard to compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Electrical Safety Policy.
Take reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions. This includes working in compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations in so far as it is within their control to do so.
Ninija monitoring team will be responsible for:
Monitoring and reviewing this policy.
The Health & Safety Executive, Electrical safety at work portal – contains free guidance documents
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and memorandum of guidance (HSR25 third edition) – available free of charge on the Health & Safety Executive site