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Electrical Safety

Electricity is a significant hazard that can cause serious injuries, burns, or death. Electricity can cause fires and explosions due to shorting, overheating of cables or appliances. Unprotected or inappropriate electrical equipment can cause ignition of flammable or explosive atmospheres. Machinery that is powered by electricity can operate erratically or out of control due to electrical faults.

University requirements for electrical safety are set out in its policy on Electrical Safety. This includes arrangements for power supplies, distribution, and connection of hard-wired installations including machinery and electrical equipment; the installation and commissioning of equipment designed and built in the University; the selection and safe use of electrical equipment; restrictions on electrical equipment in flammable and explosive atmospheres; visual inspection of portable appliances; and electrical testing of portable appliances. It also identifies those persons in the University who have key roles in advising the University on electrical safety matters and for approving the suitability and safe use of electrical installations and equipment.

Estates Maintenance manage power supplies, distribution, and connection of hard-wired installations including machinery and electrical equipment throughout the University.

The Estates Department have approved a contractor to carry out electrical testing of portable appliances which Departments can make use of. The current contractor that is approved is detailed in the right hand column of this page. This contractor has agreed to log the University requirements and will issue reminders directly out to Departments so that they can arrange testing in good time utilising locally based engineers.

Electrical Safety Policy

Portable Appliance Testing guidance

Electricity at Work Regulations synopsis

Fuse rating guidance

Visual inspection guide

Estates Approved PAT Contractor:

Circuit Electrical Testing Ltd

Croft MYL West Parade, Halifax, HX1 2EQ

Telephone: 01422 413035

Contact: Vicky Nolan, Sales & Marketing Director

Circuit Electrical Testing supporting documentation:


Method Statement

Recording & Reporting System overview

Example Reports & Fails