This Live Working Policy (“Policy”) sets forth the conditions under which live electrical work may be conducted, outlining the responsibilities, procedures, and safety measures required to ensure compliance with the United Kingdom’s electrical safety regulations, including the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
This Policy applies to all employees, contractors, and subcontractors (“Personnel”) engaged in live working activities on behalf of [Company Name] (“the Company”).
Live Working: Any work activity conducted on electrical equipment or systems that are energised and operational.
Only qualified electricians who have undergone appropriate training and demonstrated competence in live working techniques are authorised to perform live work.
All Personnel must familiarise themselves with and strictly adhere to relevant safety standards, regulations, and best practices governing live working.
5.1. A comprehensive risk assessment shall be conducted prior to any live work, covering hazard identification, risk evaluation, control measures, and consideration of safer alternatives.
6.1. Live working is permitted only when essential operations cannot be interrupted, it is impractical to de-energise the system, and adequate safety measures are feasible.
6.2. Approval from the Technical Director and acquisition of all necessary permits and clearances are required before commencing live work.
7.1. Lone working on live electrical systems is discouraged. When necessary, additional safety measures and regular check-ins must be implemented.
8.1. Personnel performing live work must utilise specified insulating gloves, flame-resistant clothing, safety goggles, insulating footwear, and other necessary PPE.
9.1. De-energising the system, out-of-hours working, or partial de-energisation should be considered as safer alternatives to live working.
10.1. Regular training and competency assessments are required for all Personnel involved in live working to ensure awareness of hazards and adherence to safe practices.
11.1. This Policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure its effectiveness and alignment with current regulations and industry standards.
12.1. Failure to comply with this Policy may result in disciplinary action. Personnel are responsible for adhering to this Policy and reporting any concerns or violations.
13.1. Clients are advised on alternatives to live working to minimise the need for such activities, ensuring safety and operational continuity.
14.1. Live working incurs additional costs due to specialised requirements. Clients will be informed of any additional charges related to live working activities.
This Policy is governed by the laws of the United Kingdom and is subject to the jurisdiction of UK courts. It is the responsibility of all Personnel to familiarise themselves with and adhere to the provisions of this Policy.
This Policy is effective as of 10/10/2022 and remains in force until amended or revoked by the Company. All Personnel are required to comply with this Policy as part of their employment or engagement terms with the Company.