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Electrical Safety and the Law

5th Edition

By John M Madden


388 pages | 113 B/W Illus.

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Electrical Safety and the Law describes the hazards and risks from the use of electricity, explaining with the help of case studies and accident statistics the types of accidents that occur and how they can be prevented by the use of safe installations, equipment and working practices. It describes the British legislation on the safety of electrical systems and electrotechnical machinery control systems, much of which stems from European Directives and which will therefore be affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU (Brexit), and the main standards and guidance that can be used to secure compliance with the law. There are detailed descriptions covering the risks and preventive measures associated with electrical installations, construction sites, work near underground cables and overhead power lines, electrical equipment and installations in explosive atmospheres, electrical testing and electrotechnical control systems. Duty holders’ responsibilities for designing, installing, and maintaining safe systems are explained, as well as their responsibilities for employing competent staff.

The fifth edition has been substantially updated to take account of considerable changes to the law, standards and guidance; it has been expanded to include:

  • a new chapter on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act;
  • a new chapter describing landlords’ legal responsibilities for electrical safety in private rented properties and social housing;
  • a new chapter on the Electricity Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations;
  • new information on offences, penalties, sentencing guidelines, and relevant case law;
  • a description of the main requirements of BS 7671:2008 and other principal standards, many of which have been amended in recent years;
  • new cases studies to illustrate the hazards and risks;
  • information on changes to GB’s health and safety system.

Table of Contents

1. The Hazards and Risks from Electricity

2. Electrical Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences

3. Principal Safety Precautions

4. The Legislative Framework

5. The Health and safety at Work etc Act 1974

6. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

7. The Electricity Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002

8. European-derived Law with Electrical and Electrotechnical Control System Safety Requirements

9. Other Legislation with an Electrical Safety Content

10. The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Legislation Act 2007

11. Standards and Guidance

12. BS 7671:2001 Requirements for Electrical Installations – IEE WiringRegulations 16th Edition

13. Construction Sites

14. Underground Cables and Overhead Lines

15. Electrical Equipment in Flammable and Explosive Atmospheres

16. Tests and Testing

17. Safety-related Electrotechnical Control Systems

18. Maintenance

19. Competence

20. Electrical Safety in the Rented Property Sector

About the Author

John M. Madden CEng FIET is a former HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Electrical Engineering) with the Health & Safety Executive and now an electrical safety consultant. He has substantial experience of accident investigation and acting as an expert witness in criminal trials, civil proceedings, Fatal Accident Inquiries, and inquests.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Construction
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety