Electrical hazards in the workplace can be very dangerous for your property and your staff, and you could face legal action in some circumstances. As such, preventing and reducing these electrical hazards is an important consideration for any workplace. Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. From commercial businesses to industry and warehousing, we have a wealth of experience across a range of sectors. As a result, we have produced this guide to preventing electrical hazards in the workplace.
What are the options for preventing electrical hazards in the workplace?
There are a number of different options that you can consider to reduce the risks of electrical hazards in the workplace. These include:
- keeping up with electrical maintenance
- training employees and developing safe practices
- fire alarm maintenance
Electrical maintenance in the workplace
One of the easiest methods of preventing electrical hazards in the workplace is by regular, professional electrical maintenance. This can include PAT testing, fire alarm tests and fixed wire testing. As you can see, your electrical maintenance needs to include both the electrical appliances in your place of work, as well as the wiring and circuitry in place. As a result, electrical maintenance needs to be carried out by a professional, with the right equipment and experience for the job role. Otherwise you could be risking an electrical fire, or intensive electrical damage.
Employee training to avoid hazards
Electrical hazards can be easy to cause, and easy to prevent. A towel or paperwork left covering vents on electrical appliances for example, can cause overheating and electrical risks. While overloading sockets can risk an electrical fire, as well as permanent socket damage. These can easily be prevented by training employees and making sure they are aware of electrical hazards.
Fire alarm maintenance for preventing electrical hazards in the workplace
Fire alarms can save lives. And your business should legally have installed fire alarms to protect your employees. It is important that testing these alarms is part of your electrical maintenance, as this can highlight any failures in the system, and give you time to adjust and correct anything that might be going wrong.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Tiles 2 Go.