The objectives of the International Section of the ISSA for Electricity, Gas and Water are the:

  • Reduction of the number of electrical accidents.
  • Improvement of electrical safety standards at work.
  • Achievement of good safety and health practices in the electricity, gas and water supply industries and in electrical installation workshops.

These are the Section´s principal objectives, which it endeavours to achieve through close cooperation with its members from various European and overseas countries. The Section´s original objective was restricted to the prevention of occupational risks due to electricity. In later years, its scope was extended to other sources of energy such as gas, water and long-distance heating. A special task within its scope is radiation protection.The defined objective of the Section is:

  • To engage, at the international level, in activities designed to promote safety in the generation and distribution of electricity, gas and long-distance heating, as well as safety at work in public water utilities and in the use of electricity and gas in industry.

What means of action does the Section for Electricity, Gas and Water use to achieve its objectives?In pursuit of the above stated objective, the Section:

  • Encourages the international exchange of information and experience among its members, organizations and persons interested in the Section´s activities, particularly by
  • Organization of international meetings
  • Undertaking surveys and studies in special working groups
  • Collecting and disseminating information on electrical safety issues and latest findings relevant to safety improvements.

How does the Section for Electricity, Gas and Water respond to new developments and needs? Due to its expertise, the Section is able to identify new problem areas resulting from new developments and changes in technology in good time. It thus constantly adapts its scope to new requirements and challenges. Originally, the Section´s activities concentrated mainly on conventional electrical risks such as electric shock and arcing. Then it gradually extended its interest to other fields such as electromagnetic fields and ionising and non-ionising radiation.

    • occupational safety and health management
    • management responsibilities
    • management techniques
    • basic and advanced training,
    • influencing human behaviour
    • the role of the human factor in accident prevention etc.

    Another important task of the Section is to help developing countries to improve electrical safety standards by providing advice on efficient prevention strategies and developing training programs tailored to the needs of the countries concerned.


Martina Hesse-Spötter, Professional Association Energy Textile Electrical Media Products, Köln, Germany.