Safety standards and laws for electronics technicians in Germany

Emil Kirchheiner
Emil Kirchheiner
Handwerksratgeber
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Published on 9th Feb 202410 min read

As an electrician in Germany, it is important to know and comply with certain safety standards and laws. They serve to protect you, your employees, and the users of your products. In this article you will learn about the most important rules electricians must follow in Germany.

Safety Standards

DGUV Regulation 3

DGUV Regulation 3 (formerly BGV A3) is one of the most important safety standards for electricians. It regulates the operation and testing of electrical systems and equipment. You must ensure that all electrical devices and systems in your company are regularly tested and maintained. The tests must be documented and the records retained. In case of inspections by the employers' liability insurance association, the records must be presented.

Occupational Safety and Health Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (ArbSchG) prescribes measures to protect the safety and health of employees at work. As an electrician you must implement the requirements. These include:

  • Provision of personal protective equipment

  • Instruction of employees on safety and health protection

  • Risk assessment of workplaces

IT Security Ordinance

For the IT sector, the IT Security Ordinance is relevant. It prescribes security measures for information technology. As an electrician you must create and implement an information security concept. This includes access controls, data backup, and protection against malware.

Relevant Laws

Product Safety Act

The Product Safety Act (ProdSG) regulates the safety of electrical products and machinery. As a manufacturer or importer you must meet the safety requirements, otherwise you are not allowed to place a product on the market.

Data Protection Act

If you process personal data, you must comply with the Data Protection Act. You must take appropriate measures to protect the data and safeguard the rights of the data subjects.

Conclusion

As an electrician in Germany there are many safety standards and laws to consider. They serve to protect you, your employees and customers. Comply with the regulations to avoid penalties and ensure high safety standards. Especially important are DGUV Regulation 3, Occupational Safety and Health Act, IT Security Ordinance, Product Safety Act and Data Protection Act.

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5 FAQs

  1. What tests have to be carried out according to DGUV Regulation 3?

Regular tests of the electrical systems and equipment must be carried out, e.g. visual inspections, insulation measurements, earth conductor tests. The intervals depend on the type of system or equipment.

  1. What protective equipment must be provided according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

Personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, hearing protection, safety shoes etc. must be provided free of charge by the employer based on a risk assessment.

  1. What must the information security concept contain?

The concept must include measures for protection against malware, data backup, access control and password protection, among others.

  1. Where can I find the safety requirements for my products?

The requirements are defined in the harmonized European Standards referred to by the Product Safety Act. Manufacturers must issue a declaration of conformity.

  1. How do I have to protect personal data?

Access controls, encryption, pseudonymization and other measures must be implemented. A record of processing activities and, if applicable, a data protection impact assessment are required.