Power Board And Extension Lead Safety

Power board safety advice

The practice of overloading power boards with many appliances (particularly large current devices,heaters, urns, portable air conditioners)  and adding other power boards or adapters  to increase capacity are undoubtedly the  major cause of fire at the Home and in the Work Place.

DON’T:

  • Plug in high power devices into power boards, ie Fan heaters, It is far safer to connect these appliances to a wall outlet
  • connect double adaptors to power boards
  • cascade a chain of power boards together, either double up your power outlet on the wall or get another outlet installed.
  • use damaged power boards
  • use power boards in wet areas such as Laundries and Bathrooms
  • use power boards as a substitute for permanent power outlets
  • use power boards in dirty or dusty areas use power boards with shutter covers in these areas.

DO:

  • always ensure that plugs fit firmly in the power board sockets
  • regularly check the power board for any signs of damage, cracking and discolouration
  • keep power boards out of the reach of children and pets
  • allow for adequate ventilation around the power board.
  • make sure you have an RCD or safety switch protected circuit that is supplying the power board
  • consider installing a permanent power outlet so you do not need to use a power board.
  • Have your appliances and power boards regularly inspected, tested and tagged, particularly if you are a business, charity or public organisation with Workers/Volunteers/General public using Power boards and appliances.

Using extension cords safely

DO:

  • always use an extension cord that has earth, active and neutral wires and a 3-pin plug – never use a 2 core flex (two wires only) as an extension cord.
  • ensure that the cord is fully unwound so it doesn’t overheat

DON’T:

  • join extension cords together. If you need an extension cord longer than 25 metres ask a licensed electrical contractor to install a general purpose power point.
  • use extension cords in wet weather or where they could contact water. If your extension cord gets wet, switch it off, and discard it.
  • place extension cords where they can be walked on or driven over. This may damage the cord and expose live wires. You can mount your extension cord on a fixture with a height of 2.5m (8ft) using tape or cable ties.
  • overload extension cords. The maximum load on an extension cord should not exceed 2,300 watts (In Australia that is nominally 10amps at 230 volts supply). Check the labelling on the extension cord to see how many watts it is rated at. Also consider using extension cords are labelled Construction Grade in outdoor and potentially hostile environments.

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Here at Tested & True ~ test & tag, we can come to your work place and do an assessment of your Electrical Hazards it can be conducted at the same time as we test and tag your Electrical Equipment. We provide a Full Report with recommedations to clear up current Hazards and how to prevent future risks. Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568

Tested and True uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC ProLogger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one operation.On top this all our Technicians are Trained to National Standard UEENEEP008 by Intertag in Sydney NSW, all our Equipment is in good repair and in Calibration. Most of all we pride ourselves on our Knowledge of OH&S legislation and the current Australiand Standards ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price.

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Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide August 2011

Portable Power Tool Safety 101

Introduction.

Using tools in the Workplace requires a lot of forethought and planning. It is important to get to know your tools, its capabilities, its features and most importantly its safety requirements. Neglect to do this and you could risk injury to yourself and others. Being aware of the Job required, the potential hazards around you and knowing how to use the power tool safely will help you minimize these risks.

Read the Manual.

It is of prime importance when using a power tool for the first time is to become familiar with it. Every Time you buy a new power tool, you should read the instructions. Understanding how to properly use the tool can cut down on work related injury.

You see, knowing how to operate the tool will help you understand the tool’s speed, cut depth, and power. Knowing the location of safety features ie emergency shutoff switch and other cut off features which allow the tool to operate safely and effectively.

Risk Assessment.

Perform a risk assessment before beginning any task. Take in all the aspects of the environment your working in, the equipment you are using and any potential hazards that may impact your ability to perform the task safely and effectively. This Risk Assessment should include:

  • Inspecting the leads for cuts, plugs damaged or pulled to expose wires.
  • Get your tools tested and tagged regularly to ensure Safe Operation.
  • Identifying safety guards and shut-off issues.
  • Inspecting blades for looseness or dullness.
  • Identifying cracks or defects in the tool.
  • Ensuring the tool is plugged into a RCD protected outlet or device.
  • Inspecting the area that you will be working on. Wood and other materials where users are drilling or sawing should be clear of nails, steel, electrical lines, and plumbing lines.
  • Always make sure the work area is clear of tripping hazards, fire hazards, and slippery substances.

Wear the appropriate Protective Clothing.

Last but not least ensure that you are dressed for the job. Clothing should not be too loose that it can catch in the power tool, and jewellery should never be worn during operation. In addition, protective clothing suggested for the power tool use should be worn. Protective equipment like eye goggles, hearing protection, and face masks may be suggested by the manufacturer.

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Here at Tested & True ~ test & tag, we can come to your work place and do an assessment of your Electrical Hazards it is usually offered as an extra service and conducted at the same time as we test and tag your Electrical Equipment. We provide a Full Report with recommedations to clear up current Hazards and how to prevent future risks. Call and ask for a quote. 040 7605568

Tested and True uses the very latest in Portable Appliance Testing…The STC ProLogger 2 it can perform RCD testing, Earth Leakage Detection and Run Testing all in one operation.On top this all our Technicians are Trained to National Standard UEENEEP008 by Intertag in Sydney NSW, all our Equipment is in good repair and in Calibration. Most of all we pride ourselves on our Knowledge of OH&S legislation and the current Australiand Standards ensuring that you get Quality Service at a competitive price.

Call Now Mobile 040 7605568

Visit us at

www.testedandtrue.com.au

or our Newsletter http://testedtruenewsletter.blogspot.com/

Peter Hill Manager , Tested & True ~ test & tag Adelaide July 2011