Ensuring electrical safety in the workplace is not just about compliance with regulations; it is about safeguarding lives and property. In the absence of a direct legislative reference, following established industry standards and guidance can assist in meeting statutory requirements. This blog post explores the statutory requirements and practices for electrical safety, focusing on the framework provided by the British Standard BS 7671. 

EDIS provides a system and process for assuring and managing the electrical compliance process in line with the statutory compliance ACOP’s and the associated BS7671 standard.

Understanding the Legislative Framework

 Primary Legislation: Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The foundation of workplace safety in the UK is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA). This primary legislation sets out the general duties of employers, employees, and the self-employed to ensure a safe working environment. It encompasses a broad spectrum of workplace safety, including electrical safety.

 Secondary Legislation: Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Building on the HSWA, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EWR) specifically address electrical safety. These regulations impose duties on employers, employees, and self-employed persons to prevent electrical injuries and hazards in the workplace. Compliance with these regulations is crucial for ensuring the safety of electrical installations and equipment.

 Approved Code of Practice: HSE Guidance HSR25

To support the EWR, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued the HSR25 guidance note. This Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) provides practical advice on how to comply with the regulations. While not legally binding, following the HSR25 can help demonstrate compliance with the EWR and provide a defense in the event of legal proceedings.

Industry Standards and Guidance

 BS 7671: The IET Wiring Regulations

BS 7671, also known as the IET Wiring Regulations, sets the standard for electrical installations in the UK. The latest edition, BS 7671:2018, outlines the requirements for electrical installation design, installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance. Compliance with BS 7671 is essential for ensuring that electrical installations are safe and meet regulatory requirements.

 On-Site Guide to BS 7671

To assist with the practical application of BS 7671, the On-Site Guide provides detailed guidance on how to comply with the wiring regulations. This guide is an invaluable resource for electricians and other professionals involved in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems.

Achieving Statutory Compliance

 Identifying and Completing Remedial Actions

To achieve statutory compliance, it may be necessary to identify and complete remedial actions. This involves a thorough inspection and testing of electrical installations to identify any non-compliances or potential hazards. Remedial actions should be documented, and a clear process should be followed to ensure all necessary steps are taken to rectify any issues.

 Documented Processes for Evidence

Applying a documented process is crucial for evidencing decisions and actions taken to comply with statutory requirements. This includes maintaining records of inspections, tests, and remedial actions. Proper documentation not only helps in demonstrating compliance but also serves as a reference for future maintenance and safety checks.


Ensuring electrical safety in the workplace requires a comprehensive understanding of the legislative framework and adherence to industry standards and guidance. By following the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, HSE guidance HSR25, and BS 7671, organizations can effectively discharge their duties and maintain a safe working environment. Applying documented processes and completing remedial actions as necessary will further support compliance and enhance overall electrical safety.