Electrical safety guidance and procedures.
It is the responsibility of all Staff and Students to carry out regular checks of visually accessible parts of the portable electrical equipment they use (including cable, plug as well as any extension cable).
If you identify any of the following report this immediately to your Admin Office or the H&S Manager.
Faulty equipment must be taken out of service as soon as the damage is noticed.
Electric heaters and other high current appliances should not be used with mains extenders, nor left unattended for long periods (especially overnight).
Foreign adaptors should only be used if they carry the British Kitemark or the CE mark and only for short term use. Items expected to be in long term use should be converted to a properly fused UK plug/lead.
No item of portable electrical equipment (any item which connects to the mains electrical system via a standard 3-pin or 2-pin plug) is to be used on the University mains supply without having first undergone, and passed, a 'Portable Appliance Test'.
This test is a visual check on the equipment and fuse, along with a test of the insulation and earth bonding (if appropriate) with results being recorded and filed. It is a cyclical check and the timing between each test varies dependant on its usage. Generally this is an annual test but for heavy usage/current equipment it may be a 6 monthly check.
Items which do not carry a recognised British Standard symbol or ident are not acceptable and must not be used within the University premises.
The responsibility for ensuring the item is tested rests with the owner of the equipment.
Any University (Informatics) supplied equipment will be tested by the University Works Division, or Informatics technical staff.
If you wish to use personal items within Informatics then you are required to:
Please note that in both cases b. and c. the University will not be liable should a fault occur in the units being tested whilst the test is underway. Items may not be used in the interim period prior to testing.