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Toolbox Talk - Shocking

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin 19th May

You don't normally see it and it bites! 

There is a raft of information on the difference between a volt, amp, ohm or watt. At a base level we don't necessarily have to understand what each one does and how much of it is needed to kill us. It would be fair to say that the most effective way we can lower the risk of an electrical shock is by checking our gear before we use it 

Testing and tagging an electrical appliance is a useful way to check the equipment is safe to use. It provides a snapshot of how safe the appliance is at the time of testing. Once it leaves the testers hands it is then on the user to maintain the tool, extension lead or piece of equipment.

Life without electricity would be a challenge. Whilst we have a need for it we don't want it running through our bodies. Check, check and keep checking your gear. It takes a moment of your time.

What to look for.

  • Check that all electrical equipment is RCD-protected.
  • RCD = residual current device Test RCDs using the test button, including RCDs on PSOAs. PSOA = portable socket-outlet assembly
  • Look at the general condition of electrical equipment (including cords and leads) before use.  
  • Check for visible signs of damage or faults.
  • Make sure that equipment operates the way it’s supposed to (eg that the trigger switch on a drill responds to pressure).
  • Check that suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is being used, along with other controls.
  • Check equipment is protected from weather and other environmental hazards.
  • Make sure that leads and cords are arranged, used and stored safely.
  • Check internal cables are not exposed
  • Replace leads/ cords that have been joined
  • Remove insulation tape from cords and leads to ensure there are no cuts or nicks.
  • Electrical plugs are fully enclosed (no internal cables visible)

Lastly, remember to smile for the day is yours to take.

Remember team! Safety is just how we do things around here.
Any suggestions or improvements to Health & Safety can be emailed to our Health & Safety Officer or have a chat with him next time he's on site.