If you think you have an unsafe electrical installation you should first warn everyone to stay away from it and – if safe to do so – switch it off. You should then contact a competent person, such as an approved contractor from: Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT)…Details
You can find out if your electrical equipment is safe by carrying out suitable checks, such as inspection and / or testing. The level of inspection and / or testing should depend upon the risks. A simple visual inspection is likely to be sufficient for equipment used in a clean, dry environment. In addition, equipment…Details
No, not if they are careful and follow the simple rules to securely isolate electrical equipment, and check it is dead before they start work. If you received an electric shock but were not injured then you were lucky. Next time a slight change in events may lead to a very different result. No-one is…Details
Electrical safety at work
Electricity is a familiar and necessary part of everyday life, but electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property.
There are simple precautions when working with, or near electricity that can be taken to significantly reduce the risk of electrical injury to you and others around you.
UK Product Recalls up 20% Product recalls have reached a record high of 230 over the last year, an increase of 20% compared to the previous year, according to annual research by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP. Consumer goods saw the biggest increase from 91 cases in 2006-07 to 120 during 2007-08. 40% of the consumer…Details
Halifax Home Insurance concerns over electrical safety. Halifax Home Insurance is warning of the importance of electrical safety following recent a survey showing that one-in-four second-hand electrical goods failed a standard safety check. On average, 2,500 people are being killed or injured every year in electrical fires and Halifax Home Insurance confirmed that one fifth…Details
FIRE chiefs are warning households of a potential fire risk on certain models of Beko fridge freezers. London Fire Brigade believe that a faulty defrost timer on Beko fridge freezers could have been responsible for up to 20 fires in London alone. Figures show that one person has been killed and 15 people have been…Details
The new 4th Edition of the Code of Practice is due to be published in November 2012. This new edition has been written to take account of the L�fstedt report. As part of the Government’s plans to reform the health and safety system, an independent review of the health and safety legislation was carried out…Details
The 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations August 7, 2013 by Zsolt Cseszak The 18th Edition stands for the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations published by the IET. At this point it is not clear when the new regulations will be published. According to some unconfirmed rumours it will be sometimes in 2019. At…Details
New Technology to Solve Earth Continuity Issues There has been much debating over the years about the most appropriate test current to check the integrity of the protective earthing conductor on electrical appliances. Up until recently a higher test current of between 10A and 25A was most usual as it was thought that it was…Details