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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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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