Energy safety at work

Electricity safety at work

Follow these tips to create an energy safe working environment

  • If you have a faulty appliance, call a registered electrician or appliance repair technician to fix it. Trying to fix them yourself is potentially very dangerous.
  • Don't overload power points.
  • Too many appliances connected to the same power point are potentially dangerous.
  • Power leads in good shape? If you see broken or cracked insulation on the power lead for an appliance, don't use it, and arrange to have it fixed.
  • With light fittings, make sure the bulbs don't exceed the recommended wattage for the fitting or the shade.
  • Don't use portable electrical appliances around water.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets with lots of plugs.
  • When operating tall machinery such as cranes or climbing on top of roofs remember to look up and keep well clear of power lines.
  • Check before you dig! If you are a renovator or work for a trade that is involved in residential and commercial projects then you need to make sure you identify any underground wires or services before you start any excavation work. Your network company should be able to assist with information on underground services.
  • Beware of ladders with aluminum parts – if they come into contact with power lines they will act as conductors of electricity. Remember it's safer and easier to carry your ladder horizontally when moving around.

Gas safety at work

Gas is an instant, reliable, efficient and safe form of energy.

However, like any form of energy, it must be treated with respect to prevent accidents. To help ensure you get the most out of your gas supply we have included some safety information below.

All gas appliances and fittings are capable of operating safely when installed correctly and used for their intended purpose.

  • Always get a licensed gas fitter to install your gas appliances or alter your gas supply. Ask to see their current licence.
  • A licensed gas fitter will ensure that your gas appliance or installation is connected correctly, has adequate ventilation, is appropriately flued and is in good working order.
  • A gas fitting certificate is required for all new gas installations and alterations to existing installations in your home. Make sure your licensed gas fitter gives you a certificate to confirm the work was completed safely and in accordance with the regulations and manufacturer's instructions.
  • If you haven't got a gas certificate, you can request one from the licensed gas fitter or company that carried out the work. Alternatively, request a copy from Energy Safety.