Electrical Testing Services: The Law, Risk & Management
In every organization Electrical testing & tagging is one the crucial up keeping task that ensures that the key appliances of your business are working fine all around the year. Particularly, electrical testing may be carried out for several reasons:
- Electrical components needs quality assurance
- Distinctive testing
- Error-free electrical components on all plants.
- Regular safety checks
Now let us look are some of the legal requirements around electrical testing.
Firstly, let us look at the legal legislation that you need to know about electrical activities:
- Electricity at Work Regulations regulates in regulation number 4(3): work on or near an electrical system ‘shall be carried out in such a manner as not to give rise, as far as is reasonably practicable, to danger’. Regulation 14 places a strict prohibition on working on or near exposed live conductors unless:
- This stands true unless someone is pronounced dead or otherwise.
- It is necessary for all circumstances to work near a live conductor which will prevent any disaster.
- Suitable discretions need to be made that includes the supply of safe & protective equipment when necessary.
- According to the Management of health & safety at work regulation 1999, it is necessary to make the risk assessment as practical as possible.
How to deal with Risks that come with Electrical Testing
There are several risks that are associated with carrying electrical testing (it is advisable to use a trusted appliance testing service in order to prevent any injury:
- Do not leave live electrical wires anywhere that can be touched.
- Metalwork that is not earthed can be a serious risk for anyone that do not know how to earth the electrical wires. Voltage surges normally come when the testing, tagging and fault finding is in progress. When conductors are exposed they can be dangerous to work with. This risk can be minimized by isolating every equipment that has direct contact with a strong source.
The most hazardous injuries occur by the electric shock. The aftereffects are pretty uncertain & can further lead to a fatal injury. Moreover, there is a risk of burning when short-circuit occurs among the conductors. Another serious risk that can occur is when the person affected by the electrical injury, falls from the ladder or gets traumatized by the experience.
To perform Risk Assessment
Before the equipment testing begins you must perform the risk assessment, to aid in identifying the safety measures. While dong the risk assessment kindly consider the following electrical-testing safety:
- The amount of voltage, current, and charge flowing in the equipment, is it low or high?
- What is the nature of environment you are working in?
Governing Electrical Testing
For this, you need to provide safe & secure working environment & make a safe way for your employees to work. Whatever you get in the assessment will help you identify the steps that are necessary to make it work for you. It is also necessary that employees corporate as it is the matter of safety of other employees.
Ensure people stay out of testing
Make sure that your employees do not take part in doing the testing process. This is a highly skilled profession and it is better to keep the work for the people who know how it works. This will prevent any serious accidents to happen.
Furthermore, there is a chance of injuries by equipment that is not earthed, so make sure to take care of this too.
Choosing the right Test Equipment
This is actually the job of the equipment testing company to check whether the appliance is the high quality of not, but ensure that equipment is of proprietary design. In this case, the manufacturer should have taken the safety performance test before starting the testing procedure. Where applicable, make sure that the test equipment is manufactured by BS EN 61010.
Establishing Safe systems of work
No matter how you are operating it is always a good sign to document everything. This will ensure a safe work environment. Complete the documents so they can be reviewed from time to time.
All the employees of all ranks need to be trained for mishaps and when things go south. Not just training, training needs to be proactive. Test drills need to be formulated and emergency training needs to be held on necessary bases. This will give employees sense of responsibility of being in control when things go bad. And for this, every level employee needs to be prepared.
You can likely provide training in the following endeavors:
- Product layout, design, and testing
- Production process and the working methods
- Test methods and instruments
- Test others and yourself for any injuries
I hope that the tips above will prevent your organization from any disasters. I hope the above information is of some use. If you have more tips feel free to share in the comment section.