This topic describes the main hazards associated with electrical work and the means of protecting against them.

General safety in the workplace, including the safety of electrical systems and appliances, is required under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. Specific electrical safety duties are required under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAW), which applies to all non-domestic premises.

The inspection and testing of electrical installations and equipment is covered in Electrical Inspection and Testing.

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