When staff bring personal electrical equipment to work, you as the employer, need to be sure that that equipment is safe to use and especially safe to plug in. If the equipment they bring in is faulty or not to British Standards, not only could it lead to them having an accident, but it could present a risk to your business, such as it could overheat and catch fire.
It’s for reasons such as this that it is essential that when staff bring personal electrical equipment to work you make sure it is safe to use.
Some companies have a policy that Staff simply are not allowed to bring personal electrical equipment to work, and plug it in.
Every year, around 1,000 workplace accidents are reported to the Health and Safety Executive that involve electricity, and about 30 people die from injuries caused by electrical hazards.
Under the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), employers must make sure all electrical equipment is safe.
Employers must carry out an electrical risk assessment for any electrical hazards (including equipment). The assessment should detail who could be harmed by an electrical hazard, how the risk has been established and the precautions that are to be taken to control the risk.
An employer must also provide staff with training on electrical safety in the workplace.
Employers are also required to report certain incidents and injuries to the Health and Safety Executive.
Employers risk fines for not complying with the regulations, so it’s essential to be aware of electrical hazards in the workplace.
Employers should make sure all employees are aware of electrical safety at work.
Staff should be encouraged to watch out for any risks, and if they find faulty equipment, they should report it to the appropriate person. The equipment should not be used anymore until it has been checked by a qualified and or competent person.