The importance of electrical safety in the workplace
Safety in the workplace is extremely important for any business owner and employees. When electricity is involved, safety regulations are in place to protect the people and property close by.
In order to keep everybody safe, safety in the workplace is extremely important in order to protect yourself as a business owner and also to ensure your workforce are not in any danger.
Electrical safety is crucial in any circumstance, whether that be at work or at home. Steps can be taken to ensure adequate measures are in place and everyone should follow these steps in order to enforce safety.
Anyone who owns a business is legally responsible for their staff adhering to safety measures. Issues can arise when equipment is used and ensuring this equipment is safe is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. The impact of accidents can always be kept to a minimum, but when you are prepared – the damage can be much less and hopefully, accidents should happen less often. Is an accident happens due to you are allowing use of unsafe equipment, you could be held legally responsible. This could result in being issued with a fine or even prosecution.
Any equipment that you are allowing use of should be tested regularly and should be deemed safe for use. PAT testing ensured that equipment is not damaged and unsafe for use. Staff training should also be kept up to date and in line with the latest safety advice.
Here are a few reminders of where Electrical Safety is most important (and can sometimes be missed):
In the Kitchen: Kitchen appliances such as Kettles, Microwaves, Fridges and Ovens should all be tested for damage or defects. Accidents can happen quite frequently in commercial kitchens, so ensuring appliances are in working order will reduce potential accidents.
Computer Equipment: Computers are vital for most businesses and can pose a huge threat if they aren’t working properly or go wrong. A lot of businesses would completely grind to a halt should computer systems go down. There is also a risk of ‘overloading’ sockets and extension leads, so it is important that staff are educated on the implications presented.
Factories – Depending on the type of factory and what is being manufactured, there will be electrical appliances or products used. Unsafe equipment in a factory could present huge dangers. Maintaining all equipment is crucial in protecting not only employees but the structure itself.
Tills – A till should be treated no differently to a computer. Tills should be tested regularly to ensure that there are no damages or defects that could pose a hazard when they are used, especially as in a customer facing environment there are potentially more people at risk should they not be safe.
Keeping workplaces safe for employees and service users should not be a timely or expensive task. By ensuring safety is at the forefront of your priorities, you will have a safe workforce and ensure that you are protected from legal implications should accidents happen.