Electrical safety in schools
Posted on 28th February 2020
Leaders in testing, inspection and certification, Bureau Veritas, have highlighted safety risks in the UK’s schools.
All of the country’s education institutions are being urged to take a more rigorous approach to safety and compliance.
According to a recent investigation, one in ten schools in the UK don’t have an appropriate electrical test certificate.
The educational sector is under increased pressure, but the safety of students and staff shouldn’t be neglected. Concerns are raised not only about schools but also the higher education sector, including university premises and student accommodation.
While many educational bodies wait until the holidays to carry out maintenance work, compliance involves more than occasional safety checks. Regular monitoring to maintain best practice standards is also needed.
In terms of electrical safety, schools are required to carry out routine checks on fixed electrical installations every six months and formal fixed electrical testing every five years.
If there is a swimming pool on site, formal inspection and testing must be done every 12 months.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also recommends regular checks to make sure everything is in good repair, including:
• fixed electrical switches and sockets
• electrical plugs and cables
• visual inspections of electrical equipment such as laminators or photocopiers, confirming that stickers are displayed to show that their inspections are up to date
• taking broken or damaged equipment out of service.
If you have any concerns about the safety of any electrical installations, fittings or equipment in your school ask for the advice of a qualified professional as soon as possible.
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