Employ a qualified electrician belonging to either of the following:
- the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)
- the National Inspecting Council for Electrical Installing Contractors (NICEIC)
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.
- 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.
- The electricity at work regulations 1989.
- The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. © Crown Copyright. Statutory Instrument 1994 No. 3260 Published by The Stationery Office Limited as the The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
- 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