Electrical Permit


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Electrical Permit-to-Work

All Electrical Work carried out on company premises is subject to a permit-to-work.

A permit to work is defined as a specialised safe system of work through which certain activities can only be carried out by an authorised person.

Permits to Work are an essential and important way of ensuring the health and safety of employees, contractors and others. They go towards ensuring a company fulfils their duty of care.

Electrical Work involves the use of electrical equipment. This is defined as anything used or intended to involve the use of electrical energy in the following ways:

  • Generation
  • Transmission
  • Transformation
  • Rectification
  • Conversion
  • Conduction
  • Distribution
  • Control
  • Storage
  • Measurement

Any equipment which uses electrical energy in any of these ways would be classed as electrical and therefore requiring Electrical Work.

There are many specific terms relevant to Electrical Work:

  1. Live: this means that the equipment is at voltage and is connected to a source of electricity
  2. Charged: this means the equipment has acquired a charge either through being live or through other means such as by static or induction charging
  3. Live work: this is work on or near conductors which are accessible and either live or charged
  4. Dead: this means there is no electrical charge or “live” status
  5. Disconnected: this is used to describe equipment which is not connected to an electrical energy source
  6. Isolated: this describes equipment or elements of an electrical system which are disconnected and separated by a safe distance (the isolating gap) for any sources of electrical energy. Isolated equipment is positioned in such a way that disconnection is fully secure and there is no risk of re-energisation.
  7. Low voltage: describes voltages which exceed 50v AC or 120v CD between conductors or earth, but do not exceed 1000v AC or 1500v DC between conductors or 600v AC or 900v DC between any conductor and earth.

It is important for all employers to have a health and safety policy in place and for those companies who employ more than 5 employees, it is a legal requirement. Make sure that you have the correct health and safety documents in the workplace and that they are not out of date.

The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the legislation dealing with health & safety in the workplace and is usually governed by local authorities who make the necessary checks and visits to companies to ensure that the rules and regulations of the act are complied with.

A health & safety policy should be written by someone in your place of work, preferably by someone who has taken a course in health and safety and is aware of the responsibilities. The templates you can download will help you to create a policy which is clear and easily understood by the work force.

A health & safety document usually comprises of three elements which are:

  • A statement outlining how safety procedures will be managed in the workplace.
  • How safety is to managed and who is responsible for safety procedures
  • How health & safety activities are managed.
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