A business owner always has so many balls in the air. From managing staff to forecasting revenue, it’s hard to imagine how the business sites themselves are maintained to code. Electricity is found and relied upon in almost all business settings, but complying with electrical safety is another matter entirely. If you are a new business owner or looking to sharpen up on your legal and insurance obligations, here is how you can better manage electrical safety.
Your electrical safely should be free of ambiguity, and you should be following the guidelines of an accredited commercial electrician. They are trained in traditional and modern electrical work, and can advise you on what needs to be upgraded or replaced and can facilitate routine inspections. It’s also beneficial to have a trusted electrician on hand that you can call in the event of a power outage or other issue, as they will be able to act quickly with a prior understanding of your electrical work and business type.
Your business insurance should not be ‘set and forget’, you should be reviewing your cover and what your expectations are to uphold as a business. Failure to provide the right level of electrical safety to your employees and patrons might land you in a lot of trouble, and it can even void your insurance cover if an incident happens and you were not adhering to your insurance obligations. If there are other employees who assist you in managing the business, ensure that they are also aware of your expectations so that protocol can be followed when you are not onsite.
Are all of your powerboards and electrical sockets frequently tested and tagged, and safety switches working? You will want to know the answer to this critical question as staying up to date with these inspections is very important. The best part is that it’s very easy to see if you need to call in an electrician, as each port will have a tag with the date on which they were last inspected and then they need to be inspected again. If you go beyond these dates and fail to make your business as safe as possible - what regard to safety and message do you send to the employees who work there?
Another consideration would be that your obligation extends to the entire perimeter of your business - often including outside. Outdoor lighting and emergency lighting is very important and needs to be complied with, as you are liable for the safety of your employees and patrons when they step outside of your business. Failure to provide ample lighting may result in an injury or could even facilitate a crime to unfold in that area. Installing emergency lighting is very easy to do with an electrician, and if you choose senators LED lighting - it is more affordable again and will require low maintenance.
Electrical safety compliance is the responsibility of everyone, but your employees need to first understand what to look out for. When you employ new hires, take on the task of showing them around the site and informing them of electrical best practice. You should also empower them to seek management if they think something is not working as it should or if their safety is in jeopardy. You can’t be everywhere at all times, so educate your team so that everyone is working toward a safe and compliant environment.
Electrical safety might not be the sexiest topic, but it is one that demands your attention. Failure to keep your patrons and employees safe can come with more risk than just a fine, so don’t be left exposed and take control of your responsibility.