Maintaining electrical equipment safety

The law requires electrical equipment to be maintained to prevent danger. The type and frequency of user checks, inspections and testing needed will depend on the equipment, the environment in which it is used and the results of previous checks.

Frequently asked questions

From experience

A worker received a 240 Volt electric shock whilst using a pressure washer.

Electrical injuries

Types of electrical injuries

Simple precautions

Electrical Safety Council guide on safe isolation procedures for low voltage installations

HSE guidance

Industry guidance

IEE/IET Health & Safety Briefing – Portable Appliance testing

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Updated 2023-04-12