We are all surrounded by Electrical equipment. Let’s take a look at our everyday lives shall we? Our mornings are usually punctuated and hence commenced by alarms on cell phones; they are charged through electricity. Lights that we turn on consume electricity. Hairdryers, straighteners, trimmers that we use; all run on electricity. If we were to leave the vicinity of the home and talk about lives outside, well, offices are a hub of electrical equipment too. There are computers, phones, printers, photocopiers and a million other examples. This is why electrical safety testing is immensely important.
What is meant by electrical risk assessment?
As mentioned earlier, electrical equipment is involved in almost every aspect of our life. This means that to ensure safety of all involved, the equipment must be in good working condition. Not only are that, but the wires leading up to appliances are also equally important. Even the smallest of faults such as frayed wires could lead to short circuiting in appliances and this could lead to damage or even loss of both life and property.
The tests performed during an electrical assessment make sure that appliances and wires etc. are in perfect condition and pose no threat to users. Examples of these tests include insulation resistance test, ground bond & ground continuity tests, leakage current tests and others that make sure that equipment and its use conforms to safety standards.
How is it useful?
Electrical safety testing makes sure that equipment is working properly and this can help save valuable lives. Fires breaking out from small faults can wreak immense damage. Other benefits include:
This is the most important aspect which is why I have mentioned it first! Safety at home includes safety not only of the house, but also of all those residing in the house. All of us strive to make sure we provide the best of the best to our families. Well, electrical safety is something that we should definitely be considering! At home and in the workplace, regularly testing electrical equipment is important as this keeps those in contact, free from life-threatening injuries and death. Hazards are identified as a part of the assessment and identification of a problem is the first step towards fixing it!
Compliance basically refers to compliance to safety standards that have been established. These standards have been set in place to make sure that workers receive the most protection that they can from fatal accidents. A small issue can sometimes lead to a humongous problem. For instance, did you know how dangerous an arc flash is? We tend to treat it as a mere spark upon plugging in of the equipment. What we don’t know is that it has the ability to reach significantly high temperatures and thus cause great injuries to those who have the misfortune to accidentally come within its range.
From an industrial point of view, non-compliance with safety standards leads to dire consequences. Not only will you have to pay hefty fines, but you will also suffer the wrath of local unions, and rightly so. Furthermore, having a reputation of not caring for your workers can be quite damning and can even drive down the stock price.
The implementation and maintenance of a well-rounded electrical safety system can be painstaking but it will ultimately result in a more efficient business. As the end goal is to reduce or in a perfect environment, eliminate all causal agents of accidents, it leads to lower costs in terms of hospitalization and treatments and happier and thus far more motivated employees as they are sure they are being well taken care of! It definitely is a win-win!