In October 2015 the HSE published a revised version of its electrical guidance.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 has not been amended since 2007. This third edition of the guidance is called The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989: Guidance on Regulations (HSE books reference number HR25)
In April 2015 the Mines Regulations 2014 came into force to consolidate and simplify regulations within that sector. As a result, specific mining requirements within EAWR were revoked. This was the main driver for updating HR25 . The HSE has also made minor adjustments to the text to clarify requirements.
In practice, there’s no change in what you actually have to do to protect your staff and contractors from electrical hazards.
The main users of the guidance will be electrical engineers, technicians and their managers.
All employers and anyone in control of premises ought to be interested in this document.
The purpose of the EAWR is to prevent death or personal injury from electrical causes connected with work activities. The Regulations, and this guidance, cover:
• construction of electrical systems, including strength, safety during fault conditions and mechanical suitability for the environment
• safety equipment, earthing, excess current protection and insulation
• means of isolation
• precautions for work on both dead and live systems and for work in close proximity to installations
• sufficient space, access and light for those working on the installation
• inspection and maintenance
• the competence of electrical workers and their supervision.