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Question 760 March 2012

Revised: Live Working - Electrical Testing

We would appreciate if members would look again at this revised question and see if they can help.

Revised Question:
In respect of Regulation 14 of the Electricity at Works Regulations - Industry generally has robust processes to manage the work on live conductors and to challenge the need to work live, when it is deemed unreasonable to isolate.

Can members share any procedures, or risk assessments for low voltage equipment, typically control circuits in shared system cabinets/junction boxes, and more usually through the stages of setting to work, commissioning and fault identification.
Specific areas of interest are:
Is there a single process for working on live conductors and working in the presence of live conductors or are these tasks considered separately?
Are there general risk assessments for live working or specific assessments for each task?
Have procedures/processes been developed and employed (other than risk assessments) to guide authorised/competent staff to the appropriate PPE, accompaniment etc, for prescribed tasks and electrical systems?

(Originally question was as follows:
'In respect of Regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work Regulations, could members share any procedures, risk assessments or criteria that they have established to define:
- what constitutes live working (we are particularly interested in this in relation to electrical testing)
- what constitutes a justification of "reasonableness" for live working
- circumstances "where danger may arise"').


The following 4 companies answered this question and 4 documents were supplied:

  • Anglian Water Services - WUK Member
  • BAE Systems Land and Armaments
  • Environment Agency
  • Tata Steel Europe
  • "Electrical Safety - Live diagnostic testing checklist"
  • "General Guidance on Inspection and Testing of Electrical Systems and Equipment"
  • "Internal procedure for carrying out live functional testing"
  • "Live Working with Electrical Hazards"

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