Commercial buildings need to follow a unique set of electrical work guidelines to be considered as a liveable space. Building owners are obliged to comply with standards of adequate lighting and ergonomic furnishings. In Australia, for instance, the basic rules to comply are the Model Code of Practice for Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace, Equipment Safety Guidelines, Master Electricians Standards and the Australian Electrical Standards. Among other guidelines to follow, the ones related to electrical safety are the most important. This is to tighten the safety and security of the office.
1. Schedule regular equipment inspections.
Contact the nearest commercial electrical work expert in Melbourne to book regular visits and inspections for all your equipment, devices, appliances and other electrical connections.
2. Setup safety switches.
This will allow you to centralise the usage and safety precautions for your equipment.
3. Map out the overhead and underground lines.
This ensure your staff assigned to do underground (e.g., digging, fixing pipes) and overhead (e.g., tree pruning, installing antennas) tasks are aware of lines.
4. Upgrade if necessary.
If you’re occupying an old building, chances are high that it’s also using old electrical connections, which may not be suitable to your modern needs. Contact a master electrician to upgrade and rewire the office.
5. Avoid overloading outlets.
Limit the number of appliances that will be wired to a single outlet. This is to avoid short circuit and power shortage.
6. Light up your office adequately.
Make sure that your lobbies, stock rooms, garage and parking lot have sufficient lighting to avoid accidents in these areas.
7. Label equipment.
This will serve as a warning for your employees to handle the equipment properly.
8. Invest in a good generator.
Having backup power can save you from work delays and disruption. With a good generator at hand, you’ll still have enough time to properly shut down or turn off all your equipment.
Safety is a crucial aspect in the workplace, considering that the employees’ security is still the responsibility of the employer during working hours. By implementing these safety tips, you can definitely uphold security in the office and prevent accidents from happening.
If you’re now interested in implementing the tips mentioned above, just call 1300 EDC SOL(1300 332 765) and talk with one of EDC Solutions’ Master Electricians. We can handle any type and size of electrical work with our heavy-duty equipment and seasoned electricians.