Businesses across many industry sectors have had to adopt work from home policies to keep their companies afloat and their workers safe throughout the pandemic. But with lockdown restrictions continuing to ease and people up and down the country embracing the new normal, many workplaces are eagerly anticipating the return of their workforce.
Making sure your office is prepared for returning staff should now be your top priority, especially if your workplace has been closed or empty as a result of the pandemic. Safety is of course key, with the electrical safety of your office space a vital consideration during this time.
As a leading supplier of commercial electrical testing services, we’re here to share our top office electrical safety tips so you can welcome back your employees to a safe, secure work environment.
Reintroducing your workers to the office environment isn’t as simple as opening up your doors and welcoming them back. To ensure your office space is Covid-secure and safe for all, you may have to reconfigure your layout to ensure social distancing and other recommended measures can be upheld.
The reconfiguration of office furniture is also likely to mean a new layout for electrical equipment. Be smart about the placement of electrical appliances, avoid running electrical cords under carpets, between doorways, and across other high traffic areas. This will minimise tripping hazards and keep electrical equipment intact.
If you’ve spent time upgrading your office space during lockdown, make sure the electrical appliances you invest in are worth their salt. Only choose electrical apparatus and appliances that comply with British Standards to ensure complete safety and prolonged use.
When plugging in your new appliances, never overload your outlets. Extension cords may be necessary but ensure safety here too by never plugging an extension lead into another extension lead.
Preventing electrical incidents is your legal and moral obligation as an employer or office building owner. But your employees have to play their own part in upholding high electrical safety standards.
Educate returning employees about electrical safety, being sure they know how to operate electrical appliances properly, identify issues and potential electrical hazards, and treat apparatus when not in use.
To ensure that the electrical safety of your commercial premises is of a high standard, call on the professionals. Whilst annual electrical safety tests are required for compliance, you can request an electrical safety test at any time.
We’d recommend booking an electrical safety test if your office has been unoccupied for a long period to ensure that the electrical appliances within your workplace and the electrical installations you can’t see are as safe as possible.
To discover more about our electrical safety testing service or to book an electrical safety test, please contact us today.
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