Electrical safety Testing in the workplace is very important and it’s up to all of us to help prevent any workplace-related injuries, or worse. Potential fires and electrical shorts that might cause property damage or bodily harm could run rampant if not looked after, so it makes sense that you would want to reduce that risk as much as possible. Here are 12 easy and handy tips to keep your workplace safe from any potential threats electricity may cause.
- 1 Work areas need to be kept tidy to prevent tripping hazards in the workplace. Eg. Any tools or leads kept clear of walking areas and when not
in use be removed and put away.
- 2 Ensure that tools are placed somewhere secure when in use as to not fall down openings or be damaged on the worksite.
- 3 No trailing electrical cords should be left on the ground, if unavoidable you may need to tape the lead down as best as you can.
- 4 Inspect anything electrical regularly and make sure that it is tested and tagged before use.
- 5 Before using any electrical equipment visually check for damaged leads, exposed wires or faulty plug tops as they might need to be replaced.
- 6 When removing leads from the socket ensure you pull the plug and not tug at the lead which causes exposed wires. Removing leads correctly will extend the life of the appliance.
- 7 Keep plugs and leads dry.
- 8 Switch off appliances when not in use.
- 9 Do not use double adaptors or piggyback adaptors instead use a power board or install more power points around the office as it limits the risk of overloads and electric shocks.
- 10 Safety switches and electrical equipment are usually tested and tagged every 6-12 months depending on your workplace environment.
- 11 Any faulty equipment or leads (these may have exposed wires, deformed cables, cracked or melted sockets or plugs) and remove from service as quick as possible and reported.
- 12 Ensure switchboards and power boards have a Safety Switch/Residual Current Device (RCD) wired into them and are approved for use before plugging in any portable electrical equipment.