Making sure the devices, appliances and machinery within your business are ‘safe’ requires a fair bit more than an occasional visual inspection by staff every now and again. This is why Electrical Testers has spent many years providing electrical safety tests to companies throughout the UK.
Every electrically-powered device is capable of creating a hazard if it’s poorly maintained, badly manufactured or inadvertently damaged. Despite this, your staff should never be in danger of electrical shock (or worse), which is why electrical safety tests are so important.
We’re certainly not suggesting that your business will become a hive of electrical dangers if left untested, but there are some common hazards that any electrical product or device can exhibit.
The four fundamental hazards that are evaluated as part of an electrical safety test are as follows:
1) Electrical shock
2) Physical injury
4) Low voltage/high energy
Modern appliances and machinery are subjected to rigorous testing and compliance, but that doesn’t make them unsusceptible to the above. An electrical safety test will sniff out where the inherent problems lie, before they become much bigger hazards for your employees.
Electrical shocks can take place due to a number of factors, but they’re technically when an electrical current passes through the human body.
Small shocks are sometimes unnoticeable, but the severity is determined by a few variables including the type of voltage (AC or DC), the route it takes through the human body, the duration of the contact, where the contact takes place (and if it was wet or dry) and the size of the individual.
The latest electrical regulations address the subject of preventing electrical shock by demanding that products are properly enclosed with no direct access to electrical connectors. But there’s much more to it than that, which is why an electrical test is vital if you’re to find and remove any possibility of an electrical shock.
Sometimes referred to as ‘EICR’, periodic electrical testing is something all businesses and landlords are required to have undertaken by law.
As a business, you should have your electrical components and machinery (along with fixed wiring and anything else that carries an electrical current) at least every five years.
The benefits of this periodic inspection go far beyond compliance. It ensures your staff are operating in an electrically safe environment and the kit you rely on each and every day is capable of doing the job intended. Employee safety always comes first, but it’s great to have peace of mind as a business owner that your operation is totally electrically safe.
Our team works to the latest electrical safety standards and, following the test, provides a completely jargon-free report on the electrical health of your business.
During our testing, we’ll identify the following:
The best news? Our team is friendly, helpful, approachable and incredibly knowledgeable. They’ll make electrical safety testing convenient, unobtrusive and ultimately beneficial for your business. Book your test, today!
If you've never had an electrical safety test before or simply want to ensure your premises are as safe as they should be for your staff, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the friendly Electrical Testers team today.
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