Friday, December 15, 2017

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS2002 No. 2665ELECTRICITYThe Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002

Made - - - - - 24th October 2002Laid before Parliament 28th October 2002Coming into force - - 31st January 2003

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
PART I
INTRODUCTORY
1. Citation, commencement and interpretation
2. Application of Regulations
3. General adequacy of electrical equipment
4. Duty of co-operation
5. Inspection of networks
PART II
PROTECTION AND EARTHING
6. Electrical protection
7. Continuity of the supply neutral conductor and earthing connections
8. General requirements for connection with earth
9. Protective multiple earthing
10. Earthing of metalwork
11. Substation safety
PART III
SUBSTATIONS
PART IV
UNDERGROUND CABLES AND EQUIPMENT
12. General restriction on the use of underground cables
13. Protective screens
14. Excavations and depth of underground cables
15. Maps of underground networks
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PART V
OVERHEAD LINES
16. General restriction on the use of overhead lines
17. Minimum height of overhead lines, wires and cables
18. Position, insulation and protection of overhead lines
19. Precautions against access and warnings of dangers
20. Fitting of insulators to stay wires
PART VI
GENERATION
21. Switched alternative sources of energy
22. Parallel operation
PART VII
SUPPLIES TO INSTALLATIONS AND TO OTHER NETWORKS
23. Precautions against supply failure
24. Equipment on a consumer’s premises
25. Connections to installations or to other networks
26. Disconnection of supply, refusal to connect and resolution of disagreements
27. Declaration of phases, frequency and voltage at supply terminals
28. Information to be provided on request
29. Discontinuation of supplies
PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS
30. Inspections, etc. for the Secretary of State
31. Notification of specified events
32. Notification of certain interruptions of supply
33. Exemption from requirements of Regulations
34. Networks, equipment or installations in breach of Regulations
35. OVences
36. Revocation
SCHEDULES
1. Design, colours and proportions of the safety sign
2. Minimum height above ground of overhead lines
3. Notification of specified events
4. Notification of certain interruptions of supply
5. Revocations
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The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on her by sections 29, 30(3) and 60
of the Electricity Act 1989(a), hereby makes the following Regulations:—
PART I
INTRODUCTORY
Citation, commencement and interpretation
1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity
Regulations 2002 and shall come into force on 31st January 2003.
(2) Any requirement in these Regulations for goods or materials to comply with a specified
standard shall be satisfied by compliance with an equivalent standard or code of practice of a
national standards or equivalent body of any EEA State, in so far as the standard or code of
practice in question enables electricity safety, quality or continuity considerations to be met in
an equivalent manner.
(3) In paragraph (2) the expression “EEA State” means a State which is a Contracting Party
to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as
adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993.
(4) Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in these Regulations to the provision
of information “in writing” shall include the provision of such information by electronic mail,
facsimile or similar means which are capable of producing a document containing the text of
any communication.
(5) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—
“British Standard Requirements” means the British Standard Requirements for Electrical
Installations BS 7671 : 2001 IEE Wiring Regulations 16th Edition ISBN 0 85296 988 0,
2001 (as amended by Amendment No. 1 (AMD 13628) February 2002);
“conductor” means an electrical conductor arranged to be electrically connected to a
network but does not include conductors used or intended to be used solely for the
purposes of control, protection or regulation of supply or for communication;
“connected with earth” means connected with earth in such manner as will at all times
provide a rapid and safe discharge of energy, and cognate expressions shall be construed
accordingly;
“consumer” means any person supplied or entitled to be supplied by a supplier but in
regulations 24, 25 and 26 shall not include, in respect of any supply to meet haulage or
traction requirements, any person who is an operator of a network within the meaning of
Part I of the Railways Act 1993(b);
“consumer’s installation” means the electric lines situated upon the consumer’s side of the
supply terminals together with any equipment permanently connected or intended to be
permanently connected thereto on that side;
“danger” includes danger to health or danger to life or limb from electric shock, burn,
injury or mechanical movement to persons, livestock or domestic animals, or from fire or
explosion, attendant upon the generation, transmission, transformation, distribution or
use of energy;
“distributing main” means a low voltage electric line which connects a distributor’s source
of voltage to one or more service lines or directly to a single consumer’s installation;
“distributor” means a person who owns or operates a network, except for a network where
that person is an operator of a network within the meaning of Part I of the Railways
Act 1993;
“earth” means the general mass of the earth;
“earth electrode” means a conductor or group of conductors in intimate contact with, and
providing a connection with, earth;
a)( 1989 c. 29; sections 29 and 30 were amended by the Utilities Act 2000 (c. 27), Schedule 6, paragraphs 24, 30 and 31.
Section 60 was amended by section 3(2) of the Utilities Act 2000.
b)( 1993 c. 43; see sections 6(2) and 83.