Laws Affecting Business and Other Premises

Below is a list of legislation affecting non-domestic electrical installations. Some premises such as rented or home business sites may have to comply with domestic and business rules.

Public buildings may fall into a gap outside of these but often a hirer of the hall is being employed to work there even if it is voluntary, and there is a duty of care in every situation.

It is always best to get a Health and Safety coordinator (or specialist in your type of property) to check on the latest rules that apply to your situation and draw up a list of items you need. We can then quote from this. Remember – almost everything will need some form of formal maintenance to comply with the law.

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

This is the act which most regulations fall under.

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

States clearly a system of maintenance for all electrical equipment from a battery to high voltage systems.

Work Place Health and Safety Welfare Regulations 1992

Ensures correct light, temperature and ventilation of work places.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Places requirements for the provision, maintenance and inspection of all work equipment.

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation 1999

Tells managers what is expected of them to control thier workplace risks.

The Fire Reform Order 2005

This now places the requirements of Fire and Emergency measures on the occupier or buildings owners. These include fire detection (and alarms), fire control (auto door closers, sprinklers) and emergency and exit lighting.

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