Reducing Risks: Step 7 - Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

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7

The Electricity at Work Regulations are concerned with general safety of the use of electricity. They cover the use and maintenance of electrical equipment in the salon.

Q: How do the Electricity at Work Regulations affect the use of electrical equipment in the salon? A: Regulation 4 of the Act states: �All electrical equipment must be regularly checked for electrical safety. In a busy salon this may be every six months. The check must be carried out by a safety in your workplace by a �competent person�, preferably a qualified electrician and is called PAT testing. All checks must be recorded in a book kept for this purpose only.’

Q: Who is a �competent person’ and what checks must be done? A: A �competent person’ doesn’t need to be a qualified electrician, but he or she must be capable of attending to basic safety checks. The manufacturer may supply its own technical staff to attend to safety checks, as they will be trained in areas of expertise.

Q: If electrical apparatus is found to be faulty, what action must be taken? A: The equipment must be withdrawn from service and repaired.

Q: What is the purpose of an electrical safety record book? A: The safety record book should state the dates, the nature of the repair and who carried it out. It should also contain a list of tests carried out on the equipment under inspection, the results of those tests, and be signed by the competent person who carried them out. This is essential for insurance purposes for public liability and in case of legal action being taken for accident or negligence. More and more people are demanding court action for negligence � do not be liable, use these regulations to keep you, your colleagues and your clients both out of danger and out of court!

Remember

Around 1000 electric shock accidents at work are reported to the HSE each year.

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

You are required to use and wear the appropriate protective equipment or clothing during chemical treatments. Protective gloves and aprons are the normal requirements for your protection and your employer should provide these for you.

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