Is your work environment safe?
What is a safe working environment? If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs safety is second of the first two basic needs – and covered under safety is: environment safety, access to employment and the basic fundamentals that make life liveable. This basic requirement is very likely to be covered as our service is for businesses and as an employer or employee you are looking at safety within your workplace. For more information on Maslow please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
Are basic safety needs enough?
Here in the UK (We are based in Sussex and cover the south east of England), you would expect in a modern first world environment, that every work place we go into would already be safe to a high level, and that we (Testing companies or anyone who works with workplace health and safety) are just there to essentially enable companies to tick the Health and Safety box, satisfy any regulatory body requirements and keep the insurance company happy. Yes in some cases this is correct and it is lovely when we come across these companies, however (and it’s quite a big one) there are far more work environments across all industries that are not as safe as you would expect in 2018.
Below are some of the common issues we come across:
- Daisy chained extension leads (extension running from another extension)
- Overloaded circuit
- Not to UK standard plug adapters
- Broken extension leads
- Splits in cable
- Dog (or other animal) chewed the cable
- Plugs/cables not to current (or UK) standards
So are workplaces in 2018 satisfying the basic safety need? In my opinion and in the main they are, but there is room for improvement in almost every company, and a keen eye is needed to ensure your existing electrical supplies (inc. the amount of plugs available) can keep pace with the ever increasing demand for desktop electrical items.
We can help you with our PAT testing, EICR and cable management services to help maintain a safe environment for your business, but also remember to keep an eye out for potential hazards in between your testing schedules.