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do you have to be a qualified electrician to energise a circuit

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do you have to be a qualified electrician to energise a circuit or distribution board?
Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.

Are you the one that installed the wiring to the breakers and board?

Or is it existing and not new?

Are you the owner of the home?

Details on the situation will help, thanks
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The fuseboards are existing and this applies At work on a commercial site

Thank you for the clarification.

Electricity in the Workplace falls under special provisions in order to provide everyone
with a safe and operating environment.

The dangers of energization of circuits/boards/equipment in a workplace are many, not knowing why a circuits/boards/equipment has been turned off, or why it may have tripped.

For this reason, The Electricity at Work Regulations was developed and is a very extensive
on the requirements of individuals to perform any duties with regards XXXXX XXXXX

Even items as simple as energizing breakers requires someone whom the employer has deemed qualified and received the appropriate training.

Here are a few requirements that would are be related to energizing

1. Competence

People working on electrical equipment, machinery or installations must be competent to do so. The level of competence required to do a task is dependent upon the complexity of that task and the amount of knowledge required.
Assessing the suitability of an individual to do a task requires evidence of:

Training to an appropriate level in the area of work
Experience of achieving a suitable standard in similar work.
Regular re-assessment.

People who cannot demonstrate competence should not be allowed to work unless they are supervised by someone who is.

Persons to be competent to prevent danger and injury

16. No person shall be engaged in any work activity where technical knowledge or experience is necessary to prevent danger or, where appropriate, injury, unless he possesses such knowledge or experience, or is under such
degree of supervision as may be appropriate having regard to the nature of the work.

Systems, work activities and protective equipment.
(1) All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger.
(2) As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.
(3) Every work activity, including operation, use and maintenance of a system and work near a system, shall be carried out
in such a manner as not to give rise, so far as is reasonably practicable, to danger.
(4) Any equipment provided under these Regulations for the purpose of protecting persons at work on or near electrical
equipment shall be suitable for the use for which it is provided, be maintained in a condition suitable for that use, and be properly used.

You must identify those people who are competent and have knowledge and
experience of the electrical system to be worked on. Anyone who does not
have this will need a greater level of supervision, or will need to be given
adequate training to make sure that they have the correct skills, knowledge and
risk awareness for the task. Do not let unauthorised, unqualified or untrained
people work on electrical systems

Something which seems simple like energizing a circuit, can have dire consequences if all the facts of the situation are unknown and the individual lacks the knowledge and experience as determined by the employer.

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