HSE Publish Revised Version of ‘Electrical Safety on Construction Sites’

June 27, 2023
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The HSE has published updated guidance covering electrical safety on construction sites. The guidance focuses on control measures and actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of accidents involving electricity.

The updated version is designed to take into account updates to legislation since the previous edition.

The publication is intended for anyone who ‘controls or influences’ the design, specification, selection, installation, commissioning, maintenance, or operation of electrical systems and equipment during construction activities.

The guide is split into three main sections. The first considers the planning and pre-construction phase laying out, including information on:

  • Overhead powerlines
  • Underground services
  • Distribution network operators
  • Existing electrical services in buildings
  • Temporary distribution systems

The second section covers managing electrical risks during the construction phase. All of the points considered in the planning stage are expanded here with some additional information regarding earthing the site’s supply, maintenance and inspection and commissioning permanent installations.

The final section covers various systems and equipment that may be used during construction including cables and generators.

A physical copy can also be purchased.

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