If you work with electricity, you need to know about the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EaWR1989) and the IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671). These are two sets of regulations that aim to ensure the safety of electrical installations and equipment in the workplace. So, here are some basic facts about them to ensure you’re in the know:
💭 The EaWR1989 is a set of regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It requires precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities. It applies to all work activities and premises where electricity is used, generated, or stored.
💭 The IET Wiring Regulation (BS7671) is a set of regulations that provide standards for electrical installations in the UK. It was created to ensure that electrical installations are safe and meet the requirements of the EaWR1989. It covers all aspects of electrical installations, including design, installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance.
💭 The IET Wiring Regulation (BS7671) is closely linked to the EaWR1989 and provides guidance on how to comply with it. Compliance with the IET Wiring Regulations is a good way of demonstrating compliance with the EaWR1989.
💭 The IET Wiring Regulation (BS7671) is updated regularly to reflect changes in technology and best practices. The latest version is BS7671:2018+A1:2020, which came into effect on 1 January 2019.
💭 The EaWR1989 requires that electrical installations are inspected and tested at regular intervals to ensure that they are safe for continued use. The frequency of inspection and testing depends on the type of installation and its use. The IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671) provides recommendations on the intervals for different types of installations.
So, if you want to learn more about the EaWR1989 and the IET Wiring Regulation (BS7671), you can contact us for expert advice. We are a leading provider of electrical services, including fixed wire inspection and testing, in the UK. Then, we can help you comply with the regulations and ensure the safety of your electrical installations and equipment.
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