• Dorset Health and Safety

Electrical safety at work

Electricity is a familiar and necessary part of everyday life, but it can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property.



There are some simple precautions when using eclectically powered equipment that can be taken that will significantly reduce the risk of electrical injury to you and others around you:

  1. Perform a risk assessment to identify the hazards, the risks arising from those hazards, and the control measures you should use.

  2. Check that the electrical equipment is suitable for the work and way in which it is going to be used.

  3. Check that the electrical equipment is in good condition. The HSE booklet ‘Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment’ will help you do this.

  4. Check that the equipment is suitable for the electrical supply with which it is going to be used, and the electrical supply is safe.

  5. It is often beneficial to use a Residual Current Device (RCD) between the electrical supply and the equipment.

  6. Make sure that the user of the equipment is trained to use it safely and can keep others safe.