Managing or owning a commercial building comes with a lot of responsibility. Having a public building means you have a duty of care for those who are using your property on a daily basis. One of the main focus areas is, of course, electrical safety.
In a commercial building, there is a whole range of different electrical injuries that you won’t come across in a domestic setting. Electrical injuries are in the top three common incidents you can suffer in the workplace. To keep your property safe, we have some top safety recommendations when it comes to managing your commercial building electrics.
Know your responsibilities
Managing a commercial property probably means you are sub-letting different office or retail spaces. In this situation, you need to know who is accountable for maintaining the electrical items. If you are offering a tenancy, you will be responsible for the electrical wiring within the rental space as well as any electrical items you have provided. The tenant has responsibility for anything they introduce into the space such as computers and machinery.
Have regular inspections
Ensuring the safety of the tenants is your number one priority as a commercial building manager. To do this you should have regular electrical inspections. This needs to be done by a qualified electrician who will give you a detailed report on anything you need to do to remain safe.
Having electrical appliances PAT tested in a commercial building is actually a legal requirement. Any appliances from kettles to computers have to pass a PAT test. When PAT testing appliances, note down the expiry dates so you know when to book in new tests with your electrician.
Obtain electrical safety certificates
As a commercial property owner or manager, you want to have your back covered. Make sure you have obtained the right electrical safety certificates as proof that you have followed all of the guidelines. Certificates may include landlord safety documents, PAT testing proof, electrical condition reports and NICEIC reports.
If you are concerned about the electrical safety in your commercial building make sure to call in Custom Call today.