General health and safety information
Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus
Coronavirus is effecting us all; we’ve been told to work from home if we can but safety measures have not been put in place.
If you’re letting staff take appliances home that they wouldn’t usually, such as company PC’s make sure they are safe – you may not have time to get a PAT test done so make sure that they are visually sound:
- Check the plug and cable for any damage, especially when you remove them from their usual desktop home
- Check the appliance itself and make sure all parts and covers are attached
If you do have time to get us in to PAT test – do so; we’ll come any time.
Check out our Working from home safety tips blog for more information on safely working from home.
Now remember hygiene:
It’s not just the coronavirus that threatens us; germs of all kinds can be transferred from work to him and vice versa through dirty electrical appliances, especially keyboards and mice:
- Clean appliances before they leave the office, then clean them again when you get home in case they have picked up any germs during transit – there’s no point going to work at home to be safer if you risk your home safety by transporting germs inside.
- Do the visual inspection again when in the house, because the appliance may have got damaged in the car
- When we get the all clear or you move back to work, clean the appliance again before leaving home and again back at work, and do your inspections again just to be sure.
We also strongly recommend that once your equipment is back at work you get it PAT tested as soon as possible, preferably before it gets plugged in because there is a high chance it may have got damaged in all the movements.
Finally; when your workplace is empty – wouldn’t that be a really good time to get the PAT testing done? We can test equipment without disturbing staff as they won’t be there, we can tidy cables as we can move them more easily and we can complete the job in less time than normal – also if you do this, we’ll give you a 10% discount off the normal rate we charge you, as a thank you for the work.
Keep safe in this time, and stay well
6 handy Electrical safety tips for your children
Electricity whilst being useful to power our homes, it is also very dangerous when misused. Lots of people are hurt and killed every year due to electrical accidents. These simple safety tips will help you reduce the chance of or avoid such accidents.
- Never stick fingers, toys and other objects in an electric socket
- Never use electrical appliances in the bathroom
- Never pull a plug out of the socket using its cable
- Never put drinks on top of your games console
- Never climb trees next to power lines
- Stay away from places marked with warning signs
The Health and Safety at Work Act sets out general duties that employers have towards employees and users of their facilities, and that employees have to each other, and other users.
The main requirement on employers is to carry out a risk assessment.
If you employ five or more people you need to do risk assessments
When you carry out the risk assessment for your workplace, make sure you consult with the approved IEE Code of Practice, for electrical equipment – this book will guide you determine whether electrical equipment in your workplace needs inspecting and testing (portable appliance testing), and if so, how often it should be done.
Sometimes equipment needs testing as often as weekly or monthly, but in most situations much longer frequencies are required, anywhere between annually to five years to never, dependent on the appliance and the environment it is being used in.
Richard prides himself in offering clients an honest service, and so will help you determine clear frequencies for your PAT Testing should you need it.
You are required to ensure that equipment provided for use at work is safe
Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 you are required to ensure that equipment provided for use at work is safe – to make sure electrical equipment is safe you will need to get it inspected and tested; inspection and testing of electrical equipment is commonly called portable appliance testing (when the appliance can be unplugged) and fixed appliance testing (when it can’t).
Additionally, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require people in control of electrical systems to ensure they are safe to use and are maintained in a safe condition; again, inspection and testing will confirm whether the electrical system (mains wiring and appliances) is being maintained correctly in a safe condition.
It is good practice to make sure electrical equipment is safe
If you employ five or more people you are required to perform a risk assessment, which will determine the risk of your electrical equipment, whether it needs PAT testing, and how often; even if you don’t employ anyone it is still good practice to make sure your electrical equipment is safe.
We can help you with this –
DRA Electrical Safety Services specialise in checking electrical equipment is safe, giving you the peace of mind that your employees and other users of equipment are safe, and are not likely to suffer an electric shock.
Our health and safety credentials have been checked, and verified by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment.
Finding faulty extension leads
Faulty extension leads can be rather dangerous, so finding them is important in protecting peoples lives.
Imagine going to a well known supermarket to buy your extension leads because you think they should provide the best products only to discover they are cheaply made, high profit appliances – these leads are put together so badly that the earth leads easily drop out or snap potentially causing the appliances running off them to become live.
Do you realise how dangerous a faulty extension lead is?
If you’re running an appliance that needs to be earthed, but the earth wire in the lead isn’t connected, then the lead isn’t earthed, which means neither is the appliance. This makes the appliance ‘live’ if a fault occurs, which means if you touch any exposed metal parts you will get an electric shock.
Finding a missing earth isn’t something you will spot without opening up the plug, or when it is too late so this is why PAT Testing is so important.
An extension lead can be dangerous in various circumstances:
- The main one is when it is overloaded with too many plugs, which leads to overheating and potential fires
- Another could be when it’s on a cable reel and hasn’t been unwound
- Another reason could be when the wire is damaged
There are many issues that lead to an extension lead being dangerous, these are just three