Electricity Safety Precautions
Electricity - Before Use Safety Precautions
Regular informal 'before use' visual checks and more formal visual inspections improve safety. Remember to include cables and transformers in any checks.
Legislation requires you as an employer to decide on the frequency of testing and inspection based on your risk assessment. You should also take into consideration the following about your equipment
- where it's used
- how often it's used
- the type of equipment
- if it's portable or transportable
- if it's used in a harsh environment.
Visual checks are often backed up by portable appliance testing (PAT). Whilst not a legal requirement, PAT testing as part of your safety system can demonstrate that your electrical equipment is in good working order and safe to use.
Basic Electrical Safety Precautions
There are simple ways to reduce risks.
- Check all equipment is in good working order.
- If you find or suspect a fault, stop using the equipment, disconnect from the electrical supply and label 'do not use'.
You should also
- avoid overloading sockets by providing enough socket-outlets
- where possible switch off all appliances at the mains at the end of the working day
- switch off and unplug equipment before you clean it or make adjustments
- provide an accessible and clearly identified switch near fixed machinery to cut off power in an emergency.