Human Resources

Health and Safety

Electricity at Work

The risk of exposure to Electricity should not be underestimated. Faulty electrical equipment can cause electric shocks and fires which may cause death, injury or damage to property. Consequently electricity poses a health and safety risk for anyone who works, studies, visits or has business at the University of Portsmouth. It is vital electrical equipment is regularly maintained so that it is safe to use.

Estates & Campus Services monitor results from inspections of all University buildings and property, accident and incident data, as well as feedback from staff and students. Results from audits of procedures, risk assessments, accident and incident data, as well as feedback from staff and students are utilised to ensure continual improvement.


In order to discharge its legal duties and to ensure as far is reasonably practicable the prevention of danger from Electricity, the University has prepared a Electricty at Work Policy.

For more information, please see the following links:

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 - highlights what can be done by dutyholders to achieve electrical safety compliance with the duties imposed by the Regulations.

Electricity at Work: Safe Working Practices - covers the key elements to consider when devising safe working practices and is for people who carry out work on or near electrical equipment. It includes advice for managers and supervisors who control or influence the design, specification, selection, installation, commissioning, maintenance or operation of electrical equipment.

Portable Appliance Testing - please follow link to our dedicated Portable Appliance Testing web page.