Is your electrical equipment safe? Act now!

Often we believe that if electrical equipment is working it is safe to use.  This is not necessarily correct and can lead to dire consequences.  To ensure that your employees are safe you should have your equipment tested regularly to be a responsible employer and to avoid potential workplace dangers that could impact your people, productivity, and profitability.

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5 Step Electrical Equipment Checklist

Are there any signs of ‘wear and tear’ on the cord of any of your electrical equipment?

Age and overuse inevitably result in wear and tear on your equipment.  Don’t be tempted to fix it up with stopgap measures to extend the life of your equipment.  Get professional testing done now to ensure the safety of your equipment and your employees at all times

How long have you owned your electrical equipment and when was the last time you had it safety tested?

Do you have a regular replacement of the equipment you use all the time or do you just buy new equipment when your existing equipment stops working?  This can be misleading!  Just because your equipment starts does not necessarily mean it is safe to use.

How do you store your electrical equipment?  

Is it exposed to the elements in the course of doing your business or when stored?  You need to be aware of what you are expecting from your equipment and how you expose it as this impacts on the longevity and the safety of the equipment for you and your employee’s day-to-day use.

How well does your electrical equipment perform?  Is it reliable?

When your equipment struggles more than once it is an indicator that something is not right.  Do not ignore the symptoms and make sure that the equipment you are using is safe and not a potential health hazard.

Do you share your electrical equipment with other employees or businesses?

Do you share your electrical equipment with other employees or businesses to help them out or on a regular basis when you work together.  Do you know if they are experiencing any problems with the equipment or how they are treating the equipment?  Know your electrical equipment and be aware of what is happening with it as part of your business approach to safeguarding your business.

Make sure you are putting safety first! Get your equipment tested today!

 

Originally posted 2017-06-06 10:55:59.

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7 steps to be prepared if you discover a fire in your workplace

We all hope it will never happen but do you know what you should do if you discover a fire in your workplace?  Is your business prepared?

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  1. First and foremost you must remember to stay calm.  If you panic you cannot help yourself or others.
  2. Have a fire alert and evacuation plan!  This is critical to know what to do as fast and as efficiently as possible in an emergency situation. These days, fire alarms and detection systems are automated to alert the fire services, however, a clear plan of action in the workplace is essential for the safety of your employees.
  3. Is your workplace ready if you do have a fire?  Do you have fire exit signs that are illuminated,  fire blankets to use in an emergency, working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers that are the right size and type for your workplace?
  4. Ensure that people or a person are responsible and accountable for managing the fire alert and evacuation plan in your workplace.  This allows for clear direction and authority in an emergency situation.
  5. Determine quickly if the fire is small and able to be extinguished.  If so do you have the right type of fire extinguisher to put out the type of fire you have discovered?  Only consider this if the fire is small and easily able to be extinguished.   Make sure that your designated employees know how to use a fire extinguisher.  If they are not trained or confident to do so forget it. Don’t try and be a hero!
  6. Be sensible and call fire emergency services if the fire is not small, containable or you have any doubts about whether you have the right extinguishers or if they are in good working order. Don’t rely on your automated system to alert emergency services and trigger a response.
  7. Always err on the side of caution in a fire emergency situation.  The best thing you can do for your employees is to heed fire safety processes and procedures and ensure you are compliant and trained before your workplace experiences a fire.  This reduces the risk and will give your business and your employee’s peace of mind.

Make sure your business is fire safe!

Originally posted 2017-06-02 10:07:31.

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3 Indicators Your Smoke Alarms Need Servicing

What are the indicators your smoke alarms are effective or need attention?  Can you afford to ignore the symptoms that your smoke alarms are not working effectively?

How do your smoke alarms work?  Smoke alarms can be hardwired with battery backup, battery-operated or wi-fi options. All need regular maintenance and attention to work effectively.  The default is usually a couple of times a year however it is prudent to make this more regular to ensure that everything is working to an optimum level.

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  1. A chirping sound can be an indicator that your smoke alarm battery is dying and needs attention.
  2. Check your smoke alarms for the build up of dust and dirt as this can impede their effectiveness and operation when you need them to work.
  3. If you cannot see a red light flashing on your smoke alarm you need to action this now as your smoke alarms will not work when you need them to.

Ensure that you don’t find out that your smoke alarms aren’t working when you need them to.

 

 

Originally posted 2017-05-29 17:06:25.

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Top 5 Winter Business Fire Safety Tips

Winter is here and temperatures are dropping.  Turning the heat up can result in disaster if your business fire safety processes and procedures are not efficient or working effectively. Can you afford to risk your safety and those of your employees and customer?

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  1. Check your smoke alarms regularly! Often we default to checking our smoke alarms a couple of times a year.  With winter coming now is a good time to take preventative action and make sure that safety is put to the forefront.
  2. Check your appliances! Are they safe?  It is best practice to treat the cause of the problem to avoid a fire by undertaking a safety audit. Engaging professionals to determine if your electrical appliances are safe to use is a cost-effective way to averting a potential fire danger.

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3. The size of your fire extinguishers matters! Establishing your safety needs and ensuring that you have the right size fire extinguisher, the right type of fire extinguishers, the right number of fire extinguishers and the right positioning of fire extinguishers to avert a fire emergency effectively and efficiently is a simple and smart action that can save lives.

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4. Are you prepared? In the event of a fire, what is your emergency plan?  Do you have an evacuation plan and if so have you communicated this to all involved? Do you have a first aid kit and if so is it complete?

5. Are you audit ready?  If a fire or safety emergency happened in your business do you have digital records and photo date stamping that will establish a timeline for your ‘test and tag’ reporting and insurance?

Take action now!  Establishing a visible and transparent plan is integral to providing a safe workplace where your employees and customers can feel protected as they go about their day to day interactions with your business.

Originally posted 2017-05-29 15:02:09.

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