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Statutory and non-statutory documents applicable to theelectrical industryDo you have any responsibility for the installation, maintenance and/or upkeep of the fixedwiring or portable appliances at work? If so, a time will come if it hasn’t already when youwill need to know how to stay on the right side of the law. So, do you know the differencebetween which legislation has to be complied with and which documentation you can rely onto help comply with it? If not, Gary Gundry, electrical safety specialist, trainer and technicalconsultant, is here to help.What to comply with and where to reach for guidance are two questions that are often askedof candidates who have taken (or are considering taking) the industry recognised exam thatcovers ‘initial’ or ‘periodic’ inspection and testing of electrical installations, or the in-serviceinspection and testing of electrical equipment. So, if you have ever wondered if you got thequestion right or you need to know now which documents are ‘statutory’ or ‘non-statutory’ this article is sure to help save you some research time and/or headaches!Statutory documentationIn Great Britain, the ‘law’ is the generic term for any legal rule or regulation enforced bygovernment to regulate behaviour or activities in society, and is made up of either ‘primary’ or‘secondary’ legislation.Primary legislation is the general term that embraces main laws passed by government, andincludes Acts of Parliament, Acts of pre-UK Parliaments, and Acts of the Scottish Parliamentetc. The aforementioned are usually used to create new laws or to introduce changes toexisting ones. However, the actual process of passing an Act through Parliament can becomplex and is often timely because each proposed ‘law’ starts life as a ‘Bill’, which,irrespective of its type (as in ‘public’ or ‘private’ Bill etc.) has to be debated and approved inboth the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Then, once agreed in both Houses, ithas to be formally agreed to by the reigning monarch (known as Royal Assent). When itcomes into force, as an Act, either immediately, on a specific future date, or in stages, it isthen enforceable in all areas of Great Britain, where applicable.An example of the above is how the Housing and Planning Bill, proposed in 2015, eventuallybecame the Housing and Planning Act in 2016. This Act, for instance, includes a smallsection on electrical safety that includes a provision for the Secretary of State, should he orshe so wish, to impose certain duties on private landlords of residential premises in England.In consequence, such duties may include having to have a qualified person check that theelectrical safety standards of the rented dwelling are met on an ongoing basis and thelandlord to obtain the appropriate documentation (i.e. an Electrical Installation Certificate oran Electrical Installation Condition Report, as applicable) from the qualified person. Thelandlord may also be required to give a copy of that certificate or report to the tenant orprospective tenant.The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

Important Bills for the electrical industryOver the next few years, a number of Bills are planned to be put before government, the firstof which will be the Repeal Bill, the central piece of Brexit legislation. Two others worthy ofmention, associated to the electrical industry, are:(a) the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which will allow, amongst other things,government to install electric vehicle charging points at motorway service areas and largefuel retailers, and to require a set of common technical and operational standards, all ofwhich will ensure charging points are convenient to access and work seamlessly up anddown the country, as these provisions will apply to England, Wales and Scotland.(b) the Smart Meter Bill, announced in the Queen’s speech in June 2017, will see the smartmeter rollout program be softened by means of a five-year extension, to allow forchanges to regulations to ensure it is delivered effectively. In addition, every householdand business is likely to be ‘offered’ such a device by 2020, instead of actually having oneinstalled.As you can see, a considerable amount of time and effort has to go into the creation and/oramendment of an Act of Parliament. So, to ensure longevity and prevent any rework in theform of amendments etc., each Act essentially contains only a broad framework of what isrequired in law. Therein, within the main body of each Act, powers are often bestowed onministers to make more detailed ‘Orders’, ‘Rules’ or ‘Regulations’, to include all of thenecessary detail that is considered too complex to include in the body of an Act. Thesedocuments, known as Statutory Instruments (SIs), are sometimes referred to as secondarylevel legislation (or ‘delegated’ or ‘subordinate’ legislation). They allow for the provisions of anAct of Parliament to be subsequently brought into force or altered without Parliament havingto pass a new Act (i.e. primary legislation).Examples of statutory documentsThe statutory documents considered most applicable to electrical installations and/or the inservice inspection and testing of electrical equipment include:(a)(b)(c)(d)The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA)The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999The Electricity at Work Regulations (EWR) 1989The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (sometimes referred to as HSW Actor HASAWA) is a primary piece of legislation that covers occupational health andsafety in Great Britain, and is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),local authorities, and other enforcing authorities relevant to the workingenvironment.The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

It sets out the general duties that employers have towards employees and members of thepublic, and employees have to themselves and to each other. However, these duties areoften qualified in the HASAWA by the phrase ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’. So, thismeans that (safety) measures do not have to be taken to avoid or reduce a risk if it istechnically impossible to do or the time, effort and/or cost of a protective measure would begrossly disproportionate to the risk. Good management and a common sense approach, tolook at what the risks might be and taking sensible measures to address them, will go a longway to meeting this requirement.Essentially, the HASAWA places responsibility on those who create any risk to manage thatrisk, and this applies whether the risk-maker is an employer, self-employed or a supplier ormanufacturer of items or substances for use at work. And, depending on their status, eachrisk-maker may have a range of duties that he or she can (and sometimes will have to)implement in order to manage the risk(s). Without doubt, workforce involvement and, inparticular, the help of health and safety representatives will often make a valid contribution toraising standards of health, safety and welfare in the workplace.The full text of this Act can be viewed or downloaded free of charge from Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999The intention of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations1999 is to make more explicit what employers are required to do in order tomanage health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Like theHASAWA, these Regulations apply to every work activity.The main requirement of these regulations is on employers to carry out a risk assessment.And, where employers have five or more employees, there is a need to record the significantfindings of the risk assessment.The HSE would ideally like risk assessments in simple workplaces, such as a typical office, tobe as straightforward as possible and only be complicated where they have to deal withserious hazards such as those in a chemical plant, laboratory or in something as large as anuclear power station.The full text of these regulations can be viewed or downloaded free of charge from Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

The Provision and Use at Work Equipment Regulations 1998These regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, require work equipment to beconstructed in such a way that it is suitable for the purpose for which it is to beused. Once again, the employer (which can also be a self-employed person) isresponsible for these arrangements.The regulations deal with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplacesand aims to keep people safe wherever such equipment and machinery is used at work.Put simply, the aim of the PUWER is to make safer the working lives of everyone whooperates, uses or comes into contact with machinery and equipment. This includesemployers, employees, contractors, suppliers, and anyone else who might use or haveaccess to machinery and equipment within the workplace. To summarise, the aim of theregulations is to ensure that all equipment is:(a) suitable for its intended use.(b) safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected regularly to ensure that it iscorrectly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.(c) used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training todo so.(d) accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices andcontrols. These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means ofisolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices.(e) used in accordance with specific requirements for mobile work equipment and powerpresses.These regulations do not only apply to large businesses. If you operate or control workequipment, or you’re self-employed operating for profit or not, then you have a legal obligationto follow them as well.Some work equipment is subject to other health and safety legislation in addition to PUWER.For example, lifting equipment must also meet the requirements of Lifting Operations andLifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), and personal protective equipment must meetthe PPE Regulations 1992.PUWER applies to all workplaces and work situations where HASAWA applies and coversthe whole of Great Britain, and beyond to specified offshore areas and activities (such asthose covering oil rigs and gas supply platforms).The full text of these regulations can be viewed or downloaded free of charge from Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

The Electricity at Work Regulations (EWR) 1989The purpose of these regulations is for precautions to be taken against the riskof death or personal injury from electricity in work activities.Whilst these regulations cover many aspects of electrical safety, duties in someof the regulations are subject to the qualifying term ‘reasonably practicable’ and where thisqualifying term is absent from a regulation it is said to be ‘absolute’. In the case of the latter,this essentially means that no matter how much time, cost and effort is involved, therequirement of that regulation has to be met. This applies to, for example, ‘electricalconnections’, which have to be mechanically and electrically sound all of the time. All otherregulations have a relaxation on the aforementioned requirement as they contain the phrase‘so far as is reasonably practicable’. This generally means everything ‘reasonably practicable’has to be done to protect people from harm, which means balancing the level of risk againstthe measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble (similar to theHASAWA). However, no action need be taken if it would be grossly disproportionate to thelevel of risk.The full text of these regulations can be viewed or downloaded free of charge from documents associated with the electrical industryThe term ‘non-statutory’ was originally associated with common law and/or based oncustoms, precedents or previous court decisions. But, in the world of electrical installations ithas become common practice to use this term to describe the most reliable and informativeindustry reference material, such as Codes of Practice (COP), British Standards (such as BS7671) and even Best Practice Guides, to name but a few. Here are some of the main ones,together with a brief description:BS 7671: 2008 A3:2015Despite having the word ‘regulations’ printed on the front cover, its full andproper title is BS 7671 Requirements for electrical installations.This British Standard sets the standards for electrical installations in the UK andmany other countries, and is the authority on electrical installation. So, all thoseconcerned with the design, installation and maintenance of electrical wiring in buildings,including electricians, electrical contractors, consultants, local authorities, surveyors andarchitects, should have a good understanding of its contents and intentions.As well as being essential for professional engineers and the like, this publication is also amust-have for students at university and further education colleges.It is co-published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and British StandardsInstitution (BSI).The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

Following the guidance set out in BS 7671 is likely to ensure that electrical installation workmeets the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.IET’s On-Site GuideThe On-Site Guide is one of a number of publications offered by the IET toprovide guidance on certain aspects of BS 7671.Its scope generally follows that of BS 7671 and also includes some material thatis not included in BS 7671. It provides the background to the intentions of BS 7671 and givesother sources of information as well. It does not, however, ensure compliance with BS 7671,as it is a simple guide to the requirements of BS 7671. So, electrical installers and/ordesigner should therefore always consult BS 7671 to satisfy themselves of compliance.It cannot be guaranteed that BS 7671 complies with all relevant statutory regulations. It is,therefore, essential to establish which statutory and other appropriate regulations apply and toinstall accordingly. For example, an installation in licensed premises may have requirementsthat differ from, or are additional to, BS 7671 and these must take precedence.IET’s Guidance Notes (1-8)These eight publications are designed to provide more detailedguidance about specific areas on BS 7671. In order, each publicationcovers:Guidance Note 1: Selection and erectionGuidance Note 2: Isolation and switchingGuidance Note 3: Inspection and testingGuidance Note 4: Protection against fireGuidance Note 5: Protection against electric shockGuidance Note 6: Protection against overcurrentGuidance Note 7: Special locationsGuidance Note 8: Earthing and bondingNICEIC’s guidance Inspection, Testing and CertificationThe aim of this publication is to promote best practice by providing electricalcontractors and others with practical advice, guidance and answers to a numberof questions that commonly arise during the inspection and testing of electricalinstallation work, or during the preparation of the associated certificates andreports.It essentially complements Part 7 Inspection and testing of BS 7671 and the information andadvice provided in other authoritative publications such as IET’s Guidance Note 3. It coversthe general requirements relating to the inspection and testing of electrical installationsforming part of TN-C-S, TN-S and TT systems in the UK, but not specialised electricalThe Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

installations such as fire alarm and emergency lighting systems, or installations in hazardousareas.The book also assumes that all persons undertaking such work already have acquired thenecessary knowledge, understanding and skill, and are properly equipped, to undertake suchwork without putting themselves and others at risk. It is therefore not intended to be aninstruction booklet for untrained and inexperienced persons.GS 38 (Fourth edition) 2015 HSE guidance documentThis guidance document made available by the HSE is aimed at people whouse electrical test equipment on low voltage electrical systems and equipment,and is principally aimed at electricians, electrical contractors, test supervisors,technicians, managers or appliance retailers/repairers, and to trades whereelectrical testing is not their primary activity (such as plumbers and gasengineers).The guidance within GS 38 focuses on the correct selection and use of:(a) test probes, leads, lamps, voltage detecting devices, and(b) measuring equipmentfor circuits with rated voltages not exceeding 1000 V AC.In line with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, those in control of all or part of anelectrical system are required to ensure that it is safe to use and it is maintained in a safecondition.The full text of GS38 can be viewed or downloaded free of charge from Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No.211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AY,United Kingdom.

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