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Electrical Safety – Our Top Tips.

11 Aug 2023

Ensure the safe use of all electrical equipment and appliances.

Using faulty or badly maintained electrical equipment can result in serious injuries, faulty equipment can cause devastating fires.

Taking shortcuts to save time we are all guilty of doing it. It’s easy to assume that whilst using everyday appliances like computers, printers, and kitchen equipment that you are never in any real danger, however making sure you use the equipment properly and reporting any issues will ensure you and those around remain safe in the workplace.

Here are a few tips to keep safe, all employees should avoid:

  • Always pull from the plug head when unplugging rather than the cord.
  • Do not overextend electrical cables this will damage them.
  • Do not use equipment that has a damaged plug top or cord, this must be reported if found.
  • Creating a chain of more than one extension lead.

If a plug top is damaged or a cord has wires exposed it should be immediately reported and clearly labelled to make sure other employees don’t continue to use it.

Perform regular maintenance on electrical equipment.

Performing regular maintenance on all electrical equipment is something that all workplaces should be doing and taking seriously. According to the ‘Electricity at Work Regulations 1989’ – to prevent danger, all systems must be constructed, maintained, and operated as to prevent so far as reasonably practicable, danger.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) & Electrical Condition Reports (EICR) are widely known to be the most effective preventative measures for overall compliance with H&S.

Employers & Landlords have a legal duty to perform EICR test at least once every 5 years. Dependant on building usage EICR tests include inspection and testing of a buildings electrical wiring, it will identify any potential hazards and issues and resolve them if they are urgent. Plans can also be put in place for the future if they were to become issues at a later date. Regarding PAT testing there aren’t set guidelines, but we recommend office equipment (every 3 years) & portable equipment such as extension leads, tools every (12 months) due to the increased risk of damage.

Avoid any possible contract with live current.

Wiring can be dangerous if they are not regularly maintained, if you believe there is an exposed live cable you should not approach it. If you are ever uncertain you need to contact a qualified professional to assess and perform and electrical safety check.

Do you make sure you power down

Electrical appliances should be switched off when not in use, especially overnight when no one is present. Equipment and appliances that are in constant use will not be able to cool down and components may become damaged, this could lead to a risk of overheating and fire.

Good practice with electrical equipment and appliances is the best way to keep and create a safe working environment. Powering down at the end of the day, if possible, will reduce the risk and possibly extend the lifespan of the equipment.

Here at FPM, we can assist you with all the things discussed in the above blog, for example EICR testing, & PAT testing. Our team is on hand to assist you with all your electrical requirements, we can also support you with the below services.

  • Offices moves, maintenance and refurbishment.
  • Plumbing.
  • Fencing & Fabrication.
  • Glazing & Flooring.
  • Site pathway & parking maintenance.  

To speak to a member of the team today, contact us using the below.

Tel: 01582 484020
Mail: [email protected]