Portable equipment can be problematic, whether its in your kitchen, office or workshop, even your laptop and phone chargers present a risk. If you are not aware of the hazards and or you don’t implement measures to control them you may be exposing yourself, employees and other users to the risk of an electric shock.
If you don’t take preventative measures to maintain safe electrical appliances you will find that before too long the appliance will deteriorate.
A deteriorated appliance, not repaired, presents a real danger to human life.
To ensure your equipment doesn’t become dangerous you need to implement a preventative maintenance programme including regular inspections and testing of your equipment.
The aim is to test and repair appliances before they develop a fault, so regular checks should be carried out, appropriate to the risks associated with the appliance and its use.
These regular inspections need to include repairs to defective appliances, or replacement of any that are beyond repair (or removal from use).
Records should be kept of inspections, maintenance, tests and repairs to show that you’re taking appropriate measures and flag up any trends.
The main electrical problem in any workplace is portable appliances; appliances are moved frequently and so easily damaged, easily tampered with and difficult to keep track of.
Deciding how often to test your appliances can also be quite tricky as there are so many factors to consider; in fact this being such an arduous task is one of the main reasons why so many businesses get appliances tested annually.
DRA PAT Testing provide portable appliance testing services across the North East of England; contact us today to discuss your needs or to get a quote.