Electricity

Employ a qualified electrician belonging to either of the following:

Make sure you obtain an ECA or NICEIC Electrical Inspection Certificate for all new electrical installation work. A Minor Works Certificate is used for an alteration, addition or extension to one existing circuit only.

Electricity emergency

  • know where the mains isolator is located
  • ensure you know how to contact your supplier in an emergency

Electrical Safety Law

Businesses have to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

Display a Treatment of Electric Shock poster.

General Information

  • do not overload electrical sockets: one plug to one socket
  • install extra sockets in preference to adaptors
  • use the correct fuse or fuse wire (never improvise)
  • turn off and unplug faulty equipment
  • if you are cleaning or moving equipment, make sure you turn off and disconnect first
  • install circuit breakers and do not obstruct isolators
  • protect light bulbs and strip lights with diffuser covers
  • ensure equipment us earthed correctly
  • report all faulty equipment
  • replace frayed and damaged electric wiring
  • provide emergency back up lighting
  • ensure all electrical equipment is tested regularly
  • tested equipment will need to be labelled with a retest date, etc
  • if unsure consult a qualified electrician

Wiring a plug

  • the green/yellow wire is the earth and should be at the top
  • the blue wire is the neutral and should be on the left
  • the brown wire is the live and should be on the right nearest the fuse
  • the thick insulation cable should be in the plug and secured by the cord grips
  • the three different wires should not show outside the plug
  • make sure that you have the correct fuse in place
  • make sure that there are no loose wires in the plug
  • the screws on the tops of the pins are firmly secured
  • ensure the plug cover is firmly secured to the base