SHED HEALTH AND SAFETY

Electrical Safety for Members

Adapted from APPENDIX 3 of the ACCS Electrical Safety Policy 2021

As part of the Shed Member Induction, please read the following information.  During your induction you may be asked to complete an assessment simply to show that you have read and understood it. 

Faults and repairs 

  1. All electrical repair work must only be assessed by a Shed Member who has been approved by the Shed Committee as competent in electrical work.  A list of these Members will be displayed in the tool room and office.

  2. If repair work is carried out by the Member who is competent in electrical work, the repair shall be checked and tested by a different Shed Member who is also approved as competent in electrical work.  

  3. All electrical appliances that fail electrical safety tests shall be taken out of service or rendered inoperable until the appliance is checked and/or repaired by Members approved as competent in electrical work.

  4. Faulty equipment shall be immediately reported to the Duty Manager. 

  5. Faulty equipment shall be switched off and removed from service, or if unable to be moved, left with a clear warning notice if it is likely to be a hazard to other Members.

  6. Faults in fixed wiring shall be reported directly to the Coordinator (in person or via email, text or phone call).

 

Safe working practices 

  1. Always visually inspect equipment before use.  Do not use electrical equipment that has frayed or exposed leads or faulty or damaged plugs. 

  2. Protect electrical leads from mechanical, chemical, or heat damage. 

  3. When an item of equipment is situated at a distance from a power-point, the electrical lead should not run along the floor. If necessary, place hooks along the wall to raise the lead above the floor. 

  4. Do not use extension cords as a substitute for fixed wiring.  Additional power outlets should be arranged where necessary. 

  5. When power boxes are used that enable a number of appliances to be run from one power outlet, care must be taken to ensure that the circuit is not overloaded. Where possible, use power boxes with circuit breakers attached. However, it is better to once again request more permanent power outlets. 

  6. Keep clothes, paper and other flammable materials well clear of heaters and other equipment producing heat as a function of their operation. 

  7. Keep all objects and dust away from air vents required by equipment for cooling to reduce the risk of fire. Liquid spills should be immediately removed as these can cause electrical short circuits that may lead to metal cases becoming ‘live’ or to fire. 

  8. Do not attempt construction of electrical equipment or carry out alterations or repairs to it unless you are a Shed Member approved as competent in electrical work. 

  9. Do not open covers on any equipment that leaves potentially ‘live’ circuits exposed. 

  10. In wet or damp conditions a residual current device should be used. Protective rubber gloves and boots should be worn. 

  11. Display warning notices in places where specific dangers are present - high voltage, high power transmitters, lasers, unearthed equipment, etc. 

  12. Turn off all electrical apparatus that is not in use. 

  13. Any electrical equipment left operating and unattended should have the control switch clearly marked and instructions for switching off in the case of emergency posted in a prominent position 

  14. Do not interfere with or alter the fixed electrical supply to any part of the Shed premises. 

  15. Do not use three-phase outlets for single-phase equipment. 

Garry (Shed) and Paul (Urban Ark)Sandrin