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Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, a PBCU ‘Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking’ who manages or controls fixtures, fittings or plant (which by definition includes electrical appliances) at a workplace must so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure these are without risks to the health and safety of any person. This applies from the large industrial site to the small retail store and includes office blocks, schools and accommodation providers.
While the Act does not explicitly tell you that you must carry out either procedure, neither does it not set out in writing any other specific risk management activity, yet as already seen WORKSAFE will investigate all work-related accidents that involve injury or death and will prosecute Companies/Employers where it was found the accident could have been prevented by minimising the risk, in this case by fire or electrocution. DO YOU WANT TO BE THAT TEST CASE.
Thermal imaging is a non-invasive, non-destructive procedure involving the use of a special infra-red imaging camera with computer analysis to determine the amount of heat being omitted from a power source i.e. light fitting, powerpoint or switchboard. The operating temperature of the component is assessed by the image the camera produces to determine if it is at risk of failure through deterioration.
A frequent cause of failure and potential electrical fires are caused by an at-risk component being prone to excessive heat, therefore regular thermal imaging of your premises should be under preventative maintenance to meet any requirement under Health and Safety.
RED Electrical upon completion of testing provides a full report that includes:
- Colour photos to indicate the temperature scale and any detected hotspots
- Potential problem areas (if any) are outlined
- Recommendation if any repairs are required
This report also provides useful information to your insurance company, particularly in the event of component failure, or fire as it shows the due diligence undertaken.