Use of Generators During Power Outages

Arising out of the recent storms and subsequent damage to the ESB network, the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) understands that electrical generators are being used to provide temporary replacement power. This may lead to persons at work being put at risk, should appropriate controls not be put in place.

In this regard, the HSA wishes to bring the following advice, from ESB Networks, to the attention of persons installing or using such generators.

Persons installing/using generators should observe the normal safety precautions and ensure they do not connect a generator to a socket or distribution board. Doing so will create a feed onto the electricity network and will pose a danger to others including repair crews.

In Addition to the above and in light of the residual damage to the electrical network, additional important information is available from the ESB Networks website at the following link

Feb 2014