Are you risking prosecution by not adhering to the recommendations in your electrical safety certificate?
By Kevin Stack, Divisional Manager, Electrical Services
Did you receive a ‘suitable for continued use’ forecourt electrical certificate? Have you adhered to the recommendations defined in the certificate? If not, Kevin Stack, Divisional Manager, Electrical Services explains you could be putting your forecourt at risk of fire, explosion and electrocution as well as putting yourself at risk of prosecution.
As part of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EWR) and the Dangerous Substances & Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) forecourt operators have a legal obligation to undertake an annual electrical inspection by an approved electrical contractor to verify the equipment’s continued safety and effectiveness.
The inspection checks for compliance against the APEA ‘Guidance for the Design, Construction, Modification & Maintenance of Petrol Filling Stations Electrical Installations’ publication.
Once inspection has been carried out you will be issued with one of three certificates:
‘A’ = SATISFACTORY as far as could be ascertained.
‘B’ = SUITABLE FOR CONTINUED USE subject to the defect(s) being remedied before the date(s) shown on the accompanying Inspection and Test Report & Action plan
‘C’ = UNSATISFACTORY. Defects observed are of a dangerous nature and require immediate attention.
A ‘suitable for continued use’ certificate will include recommendations to rectify problems such as damaged cables or water ingress by a deadline of between one and 12 months.
Did you know that if you receive a ‘suitable for continued use’ certificate and do not adhere to the recommendations in the time specified, the certificate becomes void and you are exposing your site to fire, explosion, electrocution and yourself to prosecution?
At Adler and Allan we undertake hazardous area electrical testing and inspection and can help your business remediate any defects in the time specified to ensure you remain compliant and safe.