Should I check my appliance myself before using it?
Yes, it is important to check your appliance before using it, especially if that appliance is hand-held. Hand held appliances potentially pose the biggest risk, as if a fault develops; you are holding it!
Check out our user checks post for more information.
A number of accidents in the workplace are caused by faulty electrical appliances; appliances that have become faulty for many reasons but accidents that have happened because no-one was on hand to check the appliances worked correctly. User checks help to prevent accidents by finding faulty equipment.
In a workplace everyone is responsible for health and safety; for ensuring electrical appliances are safe, and that includes the user of the equipment.
Before anyone uses any electrical appliance they should look at it and make sure it is ok (without damage); most of us do this without even realising but try to make a point of doing it so you know you have.
If an appliance has developed a fault and you pick it up and switch it on you could be risking giving yourself an electric shock – do you want to inflict that on yourself? Of course not – do a user check.
User checks find faulty equipment – after your user checks if you feel an appliance is dodgy inform someone and get it taken away for repair.
A user check checks for damage to an electric appliance preventing electrical accidents.
For example, with the pictured drill, not doing user checks before you plug it in you’re risking a nasty accident; you should be checking it anyway to make sure everything is tight and secure, and guards are in place, so whilst you’re on check the cable and plug are in good condition.
How to do a user check:
Before you start using an appliance, before you switch it on…
Check it for any damage
- Is the plug in tact, with 3 pins and the top is not loose?
- Is the cable free from kinks and not have any cuts in it?
- Is the appliance itself free from any cracks or holes that shouldn’t be there?