The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) is one of the oldest pieces of legislation still in effect. The guidance has not been amended since 2007.
The purpose of the EAWR is to prevent death or personal injury from electrical causes connected with work activities. This covers:
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.