HAZARDSCauses harm. Contact with live parts. Faulty equipment. Frayed flex. Overloading of socket outlets, multi-adaptors. Can cause fire.
How to preventPeriodical Testing & Inspection. Regular visual Inspections. Records kept. Reporting of damaged & faulty appliances by users.
What can be doneHave Installations & Portable Appliances Tested & Inspected Ensure the equipment is used by trained personel. Have the correct equipment for the environment, i.e. wet, dry or dusty. Weekly visual checks by trained personel. i.e. damaged flexes, damaged plug tops, joints in flexes,access to electrical parts [ missing covers], burn marks on plug or socket, flex not gripped by cord grip, etc.
Hidden HazardsWrong size fuse in plug top. Multi- adaptors or multi extension leads. Trapped cables. Non earthed appliances & metal work. Cracks in cables / flexes. Cracked or damaged casing. Incorrectly wired plug-top. Overstretched cables.