Electrical Risk Assessments & Electrical Safety Procedures

Premium Power has built a reputation as the number one company to go to for electrical risk assessments. We can identify the hazards and assess the risks associated with the use of electricity at work. Following on from risk assessment, we can help you to implement any requirements highlighted during the risk assessment process, such as the development of procedures and permits to work, and electrical safety training.

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Legislation

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work legislation imposes the duty on every employer to identify hazards in the place of work under his control and assess the risks to employees and any other persons who may be exposed, for the purpose of determining the necessary preventive and protective measures (Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 in the Republic of Ireland, and in the UK, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Northern Ireland 2000)).

We identify hazards and assess the risks associated with direct and indirect contact with live parts, electrical arcing, electrical fire and explosion, and mechanical movement of electrically-driven equipment.

With regard to electrical arcing, we carry out Arc Flash studies involving calculation of the prospective arc incident energy levels along your electrical network, the results of which form essential inputs to your electrical risk assessment.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments conducted by Premium Power ensure that where risks cannot be avoided, that those risks are thoroughly assessed having regard to the duties imposed by relevant statutory provisions, and suitable risk controls are determined in order to minimise those risks.

Our documented risk assessments include:

  • Description of the electrical hazards, including those of direct and indirect contact, arc faults, electrical fire and explosion, and mechanical movement of electrically-driven equipment
  • Description of potential injury
  • A list of the current risk controls in terms of those that reduce the likelihood of occurrence of the hazardous events/exposures and those that mitigate the potential injury arising from hazardous events/exposures
  • Recommendations, where appropriate, to reduce likelihood of occurrence of the hazardous events/exposures and/or mitigate the potential injury arising from hazardous events/exposures

Hazard Identification

Throughout the hazard identification and risk assessment process we work closely with our clients in order to ensure that the risk assessments are accurately and fully informed.

The results of the risk assessments inform the subsequent safety procedures, permit systems, training and competence requirements, and maintenance procedures relating to

  • live working such as testing, fault-finding and commissioning;
  • work in the vicinity of live electrical equipment; and
  • dead working, including Lock-Out and Tag-Out.

Procedures

We work closely with our clients to assess the risks to safety and health associated with the use of electricity in the workplace, and to develop procedures and other related documents. These procedures and documents address the precautions necessary for all personnel carrying out electrical work, in order to prevent danger from electric shock and burns, electrical arcing, electrical fire and explosion, and mechanical movement of electrically-driven equipment.

The procedures and documents address requirements such as responsibilities and authorities, competence requirements, safe working practices, and maintenance of equipment in relation to three broad categories of work

The safe working practices address three broad categories of work

  1. Dead working
  2. Live working, and
  3. Working in the vicinity of live parts

 

"Combining our knowledge of electricity and electrical installations with our knowledge and understanding of the legal requirements relating to the use of electricity at work and applicable standards, we have assisted our clients in pharmaceutical and other industries, to identify hazards and assess the risks associated with electrical work. The results of these risk assessments inform their safety procedures which ensure a high degree of electrical safety."
Pat MacNally, Compliance Engineer

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