Taking tool safety seriously
YOU NEED to protect yourself from injury caused by noise, dust, sharp edges, dangerous mechanisms and chemicals when using tools. Note: you need to be a member to access this information.
Always use a residual current device when using electrical equipment outdoors, or close to any damp areas.
Turn off electricity before replacing fuses, light switches or other power outlets.
Take extreme care when working outside around overhead or underground power lines. Disconnect the power if working near supply lines.
Avoid overloading circuits by having too many tools or appliances running at the same time. Inspect appliance cords and extension leads for signs of damage – check the plug and socket for loose/frayed connections and poor cord anchorages.
Use a licensed electrician.
Residual current devices have superseded isolating transformers.
They constantly monitor the electric current in a circuit.
If someone touches a live wire or faulty appliance, providing a route for the electricity through them to the ground, the device senses the loss of current and shuts off the electricity to reduce the chance of serious injury.
Always use a residual current device when using electrical equipment outside and test the device before you start.
The devices are available in several forms: switchboard devices that are wired into your switchboard; those permanently wired in as a wall socket; or portable such as those built into extension leads. They are readily available from hardware and electrical outlets.
Since January 2003, all new circuits which start at the switchboard in domestic buildings are required to have devicesprotection. These can only be installed by a licensed electrician or electrical inspector.
Make sure you get a Certificate of Compliance from the licensed electrician when the work is done, and ask how to test and reset the device.
Note that there is a legal requirement that electrical installations and appliances in damp situations, such as bathrooms and kitchens, must be electrically safe.
This can be achieved by having a residual current device wired into the sockets in these areas.