Keeping on top of electrical testing in the workplace

Electrical Hazards in businesses

Electrical systems can quickly become dangerous if they’re not properly maintained. As a business, it’s your legal responsibility to make sure they’re not putting your employees, your customers and your business in harm’s way.

But do you know what your obligations are? If you’re confused by what you’re liable for, don’t worry. We’ve put together some quick tips to make sure you know what to look out for when it comes to keeping your electrical systems safe and up to standard.

  1. Understand what the law says

Electrical testing and inspection are regulated by law, meaning as a business owner you are legally obliged to make sure that any and all electrical systems are safe to use and well-maintained. The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. They specify that employers must take adequate steps to ensure this.

  1. Be on the look out

An easy way to remain vigilant is to keep an eye out for visual signs of damage to electrical systems or equipment. Make sure your whole team is aware of key things to look out for:

  • Cracked switches or loose back plates on sockets
  • Frayed wiring
  • Signs of overheating
  • Unusual sounds or smells coming from electrical equipment

If you or any of your team see any of these signs, make sure they speak up. And don’t forget to download our handy poster that gives you an overview of 10 electrical safety checks you and your employees can make before they use an applicance.

  1. Get proactive!

You don’t have to wait until you see something wrong to make sure your electrical systems are safe. While the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) don’t specify what or how frequently testing needs to be carried out, it pays to remain vigilant in the face of a potential accident. Some testing you can invest in include:

Fixed wire testing

The best way to make sure that your electrical systems are in good, safe working order is to have a professional assess your electrical installation. A competent and qualified engineer will visit your site to inspect your electrical systems and identify things like shock risks and fire hazards.

PAT testing

Testing your portable electric appliances is key to ensuring a safe work space. While there’s no hard and fast rules around how often you need to get your portable electrics, the HSE advises that you should be guided by the appliances itself – e.g. a power tool used on a construction site is likely to need testing more often than a lamp in a hotel room.



Get in touch

Here at Citation, our mission is to keep your business safe, sound and moving in the right direction. That’s why we have a dedicated Additional Services Team who are on hand to help with all your needs. Contact them today on 0345 241 5250 or by using the form on this page.


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