The Law

The Law

The ​Electricity at Work Regulations Act (1989) applies to all aspects of the use of electricity within the workplace. Duties are placed on employers, employees and the self-employed to prevent danger.

Duty holders must:

  • Have the electrical systems constructed in a way that prevents danger

  • Maintain the electrical systems as necessary to prevent danger (including a 5 year fixed installation inspection​)

  • Carry out work on electrical systems carried out in a way that prevents danger.

Protest ES Ltd - Remedial Actions Legal Compliance

The key piece of legislation is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This is the primary legislation covering occupational health and safety in the UK, under which most breaches occur.


Additional legislation imposes legal requirements that set out how to comply in greater detail. This includes the Electricity at Work Regulations, which provides detail on the precautions to take against the risk of death or injury from electricity in use at a place of work.


The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to carry out risk assessments and arrange for the appropriate information and training. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 imposes duties to report certain workplace accidents.

The Health and Safety (Offences) Act came into effect in January 2009 and it details changes to the trial and maximum penalty allowed for those convicted for offences under Health and Safety legislation. This act has increased penalties and provided courts with greater sentencing powers for those who break health and safety laws. Since the legislation was introduced the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force in 2015.

Under the EaWR 1989 - Systems, work activities and protective equipment

4. (1) All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger.

(2) As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.

Failure to comply with the The ​Electricity at Work Regulations Act (1989) could result in Judicial proceedings

The law

Having your remedial works carefully planned out and executed is a legal requirement which if not performed correctly could result in severe punishment.

Duty holders have a legal responsibly to ensure that electrical systems used under their control are safe, keeping you compliant with The ​Electricity at Work Regulations (1989).

Insurance companies will not support a claim where compliance standards have not been met. If a serious incident were to occur under your watch and you are found to be non-compliant, you could face severe penalties such as large fines and even jail time.


  • We handle the burden, once work has been completed, we keep and update the records of your reports

  • Swift quotations can be expected, once testing has been completed and/or observations have been handed to us

  • Gain an exclusive account manager that will be at your beckon call throughout the whole remedial process

  • Get updated and informed on any upcoming service requirements 

  • Record are safely stored for safe keeping and can be presented to clients immediately when required, again giving clients total peace of mind

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The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005 and any regulations made under article 24, set out how someone ensures fire safety throughout the premises, including the requirement to complete a fire risk assessment.


You must record the significant findings of this fire risk assessment including measures taken, and any groups of persons identified by the assessment as being especially at risk if:

  • you have 5 or more employees

  • there is a licence under an enactment in relation to the premises

  • there is an alterations notice in place in relation to the premises requiring this​​

For more information download our Duty Holder Guide