® Annual testing of electrical equipment is required by law.
® Ensure that people using electrical equipment are trained and competent to do so.
® Follow the correct procedures when using electrical equipment.
® Purchase equipment from a reputable dealer who will provide an after-sales service.
® Ensure that all equipment is regularly maintained and in a safe condition for use.
® Examine leads and cables regularly to ensure that they are without splits or breaks that may expose bare wires.
® Use proper connectors to join wire and flexes; do not use insulating tape.
® Examine all connections making sure that they are secure.
® Ensure that the cable is firmly clamped into the plug to make certain that the wires, particularly the earth wire, cannot be pulled out of the terminal.
® Do not overload the circuit by using multiple adaptors. If you find others overloading the circuit, explain to them that this is dangerous practice.
® Plug the machine into a near and accessible identified socket so that it can be switched off or disconnected easily in an emergency.
® Keep electrical equipment away from water; do not touch any electrical part with wet hands.
® Ensure that flexes and cables do not trail over the working area: fix them along the wall.
® Examine all equipment regularly, especially portable machines, as they are subjected to wear and tear.
® Remove faulty equipment from the working area and label clearly 'FAULTY DO NOT USE' and inform others that it is faulty.
® Keep a dated record of when checks were carried out, including all findings and maintenance.
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