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Electricity Safety

Regulations:

Under the SLEA, regulation has been made in respect of various matters concerning Electrical Inspectors.

  1. Regulations for Electricity (Electrical Inspectors’ Functions, Duties and Procedures)

Codes:

The Commission approves and regulates the implementation of technical and operational codes developed by licensees in respect of matters required or authorized by the Electricity Act and licenses issued by the Commission. Several provisions of the Electricity Act and licenses issued by the Commission require that codes be developed, approved and implemented for the purposes setout therein.

  1. Grid Code
  2. Safety Code

Awareness

According to the Electrocution Analysis in Sri Lanka which was done by the inspectorate division with the given information of Sri Lanka Police, it was revealed that the number of electrocutions reporting per year in Sri Lanka is very high compared to the international benchmarks associated with electrocution. International benchmark is 1 for hundred thousand people per year.

With the above reveal the Commission has taken various actions to address above disastrous condition of the country with a goal of reducing number of electrocutions to 20 by the end of 2020. Conducting awareness programs is one such activity and PUCSL conducts awareness programs on electrical safety in order to improve the awareness level of various segments of the society. Under this PUCSL has conducted awareness programs for licensees, Sri Lanka Police, School children, National Education Institute, Several ministries, Divisional Secretariats, Municipal councils, Provincial councils, etc. PUCSL has prepared an electrical safety leaflet, an electrical safety poster, electrical safety puzzles, an electrical safety DVD as materials which are distributed in these awareness programs

  1. List of awareness programs conducted
  2. List of awareness programs conducted (google map)
  3. Electricity safety materials

Inspections

Electrical inspectors conduct various inspections in order to discharge the functions assigned to PUCSL.

Electrical Inspectors:

When it comes to electrical plants and equipment, ensuring that standards are met is of critical importance and can even be the difference between life and death. This section of our website explains PUCSL’s authority in appointing electrical inspectors, their duties, and the regulations made with regard to Electrical Inspectors.

Power to Appoint Inspectors:

It is important that anyone who generates, transmits, distributes or supplies electricity, does so with equipment that meets the required health and safety standards. As such, section 6 of the SLEA gives the PUCSL the power and authority to appoint Electrical Inspectors for this purpose.

Duties of inspectors:

Electrical Inspectors have various statutory duties which include:

  1. Inspect and test electric lines and electrical plants belonging to persons authorised by a license, or exempted from the requirement of obtaining a license
  2. Examine, the generation, transmission, distribution or supply of electricity by authorised persons
  3. Inspect and test, if and when required by any consumer, any such lines and plants on the consumer’s premises, for the purpose of ascertaining whether any requirement imposed by the SLEA in respect of those lines or plant or the supply of electricity through or by them, has been complied with
  4. Carry out such other functions as may be imposed on him or her by regulations or by the PUCSL

Testing every connection made to the electricity system would be extremely impractical and costly. Instead, Electrical Inspectors are used to help resolve disputes regarding matters such as refusals by licensees to allow connections to their system or the costs of making such connections, the quality and safety of electricity supplies provided and over the reliability and accuracy of metres. Inspectors also undertake spot checks on the compliance of electricity lines and plants with the SLEA, regulations and standards covering health, safety and technical performance.

Any stakeholder can also make a request for inspectors to check the compliance of an item of electrical plant or equipment with these regulations and guidelines. Such requests will be responded to within reasonable limits as regards time and expenses.

  1. List of inspections conducted
  2. List of inspections conducted(google map)

1. Research, surveys, analysis(view and download)

School safety guideline

PUCSL prepared a school safety guideline with the objective of ensuring the safety of all students, staff, employees, contractors and general public who use electrical equipment and appliances or who may be exposed to electrical hazards within the school environment. This guideline covers the requirements associated with electrical safety such as maintenance of electrical equipment, identification of defective electrical equipment and prevention of electricity related accidents and tips on providing first aid in the case of an accident.

School safety guideline

Health sector safety guideline(draft)

This is another prepared by PUCSL which is more inclined towards the electrical safety in the health sector. Any person who is within the premises of a hospital or any other medical institute and parties/persons involved or authorized in designing/constructing/maintaining the electrical system of such a hospital or an institute can refer this guideline for guidance on electrical safety

Health sector safety guideline (draft)

Electrocution analysis

This is an analysis report based on electrocutions which was recorded during year 2008 to 2012 in Sri Lanka. Information of electrocution was obtained from Sri Lanka Police and based on them, analysis has been done considering root causes, area, gender and age and month of electrocutions. Also the road map to reduce electrocutions to 20 by 2020 has been introduced.

Electrocution analysis report 2014-2015

2. Presentations(view and download)