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Posted on September 11, 2023

Business Safety Week

This week is Business Safety Week, so we shall focus on business owners’ ‘duty of care’ when it comes to fire and electrics at the workplace…..

BAFE accredited

What does a business need to prevent, protect, and respond to fire incidents at work?

The Regulatory Reform Order (2005) places a duty on the owner (residential or commercial), employer of a business or industrial premise to carry out fire risk assessment and implement appropriate fire safety measures.

As the person responsible for fire safety at your property, choosing an accredited company will provide you with certificated evidence of competency. If you need to make a claim, you will be able to provide proof to your insurers that you demonstrated due diligence in sourcing a competent provider to help meet your fire safety obligations.

Having an BAFE accredited company like GF Electrical Ltd for fire protection services is strongly recommended by Government.

We design, install and maintain fire systems. For any advice or a site visit to discuss your needs please give us a call.

 

EICRs

Safety should always be a top priority for every business and that includes ensuring the safety of your electrical systems. Today we’re highlighting the importance of having Electrical Inspection Condition Reports (EICRs) conducted in your workplace.

An EICR involves checking wiring, outlets, switches, lighting, distribution boards, and more. We look for signs of wear, damage and potential fire hazards. If any issues are identified, they are categorised based on their severity:

  1. Danger Present = Immediate action required.
  2. Potentially Dangerous – Improvement recommended urgently.
  3. Satisfactory – No immediate issues, but ongoing monitoring necessary.

Benefits of Regular EICRs:

  • Prevent accidents – identify hazards early and prevent accidents and fires, protecting your employees and assets.
  • Compliance – ensuring you are meeting the regulations avoids legal issues.
  • Cost savings – addressing minor issues before they escalate can save money in the long run!
  • Peace of mind – knowing your workplace is safe boosts employee morale and trust among clients.

It is recommended:

  • Commerical buildings and offices, including Landlords – Every 5 years or change of occupancy.
  • Industrial and places of public entertainment – Every 1 to 3 years dependant on usage.

 

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Did you know that electrical hazards are among the top concerns in a workplace? That’s why today we are focusing on Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) to keep our environment safe for everyone!

PAT is a crucial process where we check electrical devices and equipment for any potential risks. By doing so, we’re ensuring safety and peace of mind!

Why is it important?

  • Compliance – PAT Testing helps you stay in line with safety standards.
  • Prevention – Identifying and addressing hazards before they become accidents.
  • Confidence – Knowing that your workplace is secure promotes a positive and productive atmosphere.

Having this completed will reduce the potential risk of electrical fires.

It is recommended for Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT) and Portable Appliance Test (PAT) to be carried out on all appliances including built-in annually.

 

PPM Maintenance Contracts

At GF Electrical we offer Pre-Planned Maintenance (PPM) Contracts to our clients for their fire systems and emergency lighting. We monitor when your inspections are due, arrange attendance and supply all the required paperwork and certificates you require to show you are meeting your duty of care.

We offer a plan to suit your needs and premises. Visting every 6 months, 3 months, or each month!

As a company registered with BAFE, NICEIC and SafeContractor, you can be assured that we can prove our competency to deliver quality, professional, accurate advice. Working to the most up-to-date relevant standards and best working practice.

This allows you to focus on running your business, secure in the knowledge that your electrical/fire emergency procedures and obligations are all in place with one contractor and are being taken care of.

Contact us today to find out more!

 

 


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