Electrical safety

Identifying electrical hazards

Nearly all spaces in the University house electrical equipment, which is used for a variety of purposes and by a wide range of staff and students.

All electrical equipment used on the premises should be CE marked, unless given special exception, and have regular portable appliance testing (PAT) or fixed appliance testing.

PAT checks whether equipment is safe to use and includes a visual inspection. When you use electrical equipment, you should visually check wires and plugs for damage regularly, including exposed wires. Faulty equipment must be replaced immediately. For replacement fuses, it is important the correct fuse is used.

All equipment should be shipped with operating manuals that detail the associated hazards, including electrical, and precautionary measures to mitigate the hazards, including wiring diagrams.

Electrical and electronics work must only be carried out by competent persons.


Fires, shocks, burns and explosions are potential hazards of electrical equipment. Look out for:

Preventing accidents

Electrocution is a common form of accident.

Following electrical safety guidance helps you to prevent danger or injury from:

  • electric shock
  • electrical burns
  • fires of electric origin
  • electrical arcing
  • explosions initiated or caused by electricity

University responsibilities

The Univeristy has a responsibility to ensure that:

  • electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure is minimised
  • any at-risk visitors are suitably informed and protected
  • all electrical and electronic waste is disposed of appropriately
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