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Electrical safety in schools - why it's critical



Electrical equipment is found in every school, while accidents involving electricity are fortunately rare, care must always be taken to ensure the safety of those working with or around electrical appliances.


The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 impose general duties on employers to ensure the health and safety of employees and others. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also set out specific requirements on electrical safety. All of these apply in schools in the same way as all other workplaces.


What does the Law require?


The Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999 require employers to undertake “suitable and sufficient” risk assessments to identify significant risks to health and safety, and enable measures to be taken to remove or reduce the risks.


Risk assessments on electrical safety must take account of provisions of the Electricity at Work Regulations which cover all electrical systems, including electrical apparatus as well as the mains supply.


Is a teacher a competent person?


Teachers cannot be required to undertake any electrical maintenance or repair work. Such work should be allocated to an individual with appropriate training and expertise.


Why use Protest ES Ltd?


We supply a wide variety of both compliance services, as well as building maintenance and other works within the educational sector. Having provided our services at all levels and stages of education.


This ranging from nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. We have experience in learning to adapt to not only these working environments, but learning to work amongst and around all different age groups on site.

We supply our services both during normal working hours, as well as out of working hours, adapting to your specific preferences, and always ensuring that we meet the proposed schedule, seeing to it that we remain in constant communication throughout projects.


If you would like our support with any electrical compliance at your school, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team, you can contact us here: 01604 696113 | enquiries@protestesltd.co.uk.

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