The IET Guidelines ;sets out ;the requirements for Periodic Inspection and Testing but what are the legal requirements?
The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and ; Welfare) Regulations 1992.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and ; the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self employed.
; "Every employer shall make suitable and ; sufficient assessment of:
(a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and
(b)the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking."
"All systems shall at all times be of such ; construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such ; danger." "As may be necessary to prevent danger, all ; systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, ; such danger." "'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" "'Electrical Equipment' includes 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."
It is clear that the combination of the HSW Act 1974 and the EAW Regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. The scope extends from distribution systems ; down to the smallest piece of electrical equipment. It is clear that there is a requirement to inspect ;and test all types of electrical equipment in all work situations.