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Electricity is a powerful force that we use in our day-to-day life – yet sometimes it can lead to injuries or even fatal accidents if not treated seriously. That’s why, no matter who you are or what you do, keeping your business premises and staff safe should be the number one priority. In this blog post, the Jaric Electrical team have highlighted the most important guidelines for your electrical safety at work.
1) Electrical risks and hazards
Electric shocks are one of the most common electrical risks at the workplace, causing minor injuries, serious accidents or even, in the worst-case scenario, electrocution. To avoid all these risks from happening, we highly recommend you:
- Keep away from exposed live parts, such as leads or other electrical equipment
- Reach for the fire extinguisher if possible in case of an electrical fault causing a fire (such as a short circuit). Take the emergency exit immediately, then call the nearest Fire & Rescue team.
2) Electrical appliances and electrical safety
- When buying electrical equipment, approved markings (CE, UL etc) mean the items are safe to use in low-risk environments such as office and retail space with just a visual check beforehand. On the other hand, if you’re working in a high-risk environment like a building site or factory floor, they must go through testing as well as detailed checks.
- In case of a damaged electrical equipment, you should carefully switch off and unplug it, then report the problem further. The same rule applies to any device that has been exposed to water or liquid.
3) Power boards, power points and extension leads
- Always make sure that power boards have overload protection and integrated on/off switches. For your electrical safety, they should be kept well ventilated, clean and above floor level.
- Power points should never be overcrowded and multi-plugs should be avoided where possible; also, check that all sockets have safety switches and have proper labels.
- Extension leads should not represent a permanent solution for power distribution. You should always find them a safe spot in order to prevent any trip hazard.
4) Lighting and heating in the workplace
- Halogen lamps represent a high fire risk, so we advise you to replace them with safer alternatives
- When a fluorescent light is used and is enclosed, it must be ventilated to stop it overheating
- If you discover any damaged lighting wires, we recommend you switch off the lights immediately and call in a qualified electrician to fix the problem
- Never leave the office unattended when heating appliances are on
5) Staff training and qualified electrical work
- If a staff member needs to use electrical equipment – whether it’s a low-risk or high-risk environment – as part of their job, the person must have proper training. This includes not only knowing the device functionality but also preventing and identifying potential risks associated with it.
- For your business and staff electrical safety, ensure only qualified, registered engineers and electricians carry out any electrical work.
Talk to Jaric for more information about electrical safety at work
With a highly qualified team of electricians, we strive to deliver outstanding service for your business. Our experience, efficiency and proactive nature are the qualities that make Jaric Electrical your local expert in electrical concerns.