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Working with electricity

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you own a company in the Netherlands and your employees work with electricity, you must adhere to the Working Conditions Act (Arbowet). It sets out general rules for working with electricityExternal link (in Dutch) and includes references to NEN standardsExternal link.

Some of the rules for working with electricity:

  • Your employees must be trained and qualified;
  • They must work safely, and use safety equipment;
  • Employees working near a high voltage facility (more than 1000 Volts AC or 1500 Volts DC) must never work alone;
  • While employees are working near or inside an electrical installation, the electricity must be disconnected/switched off;
  • While employees are cleaning electrical equipment, they have to wear the right protection and use special cleaning materials. They must not work in places that are under voltage.

Specific working and installation regulations apply to high voltageExternal link (in Dutch) or working situations where employees continually come into contact with conductors.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO