Product Safety and Safe Working Practice are essential to know and understand for everyone involved in the appliance service sector.
All companies including sole traders, must have a current Method Statement and Risk Assessment in place covering all aspects of the roles and tasks an engineer and support staff cover. Both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 apply.
To help with this we have put together an online training program that you and your employees can benefit from and it demonstrates that your are taking health and safety issues seriously. Follow this link to find out more. Health & Safety Training for Appliance Engineers
The term ‘skilled person’ is used throughout BS 7671:2018, which means the person carrying out the electrical work is required to have adequate education, training and practical skills.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess risks and, where necessary, take action to address them.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.
Other regulations will apply and it is in your interest to consult the Health and Safety Executives website to find and implement the relevant guidance.
More information can be found on the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk.
Manufactures are bound by EU legislation which require products to be safe (such as the Low Voltage Directive and the Gas Appliances Regulation), there are the General Product Safety Regulations which specify how companies must monitor the ongoing safety of their appliances, including how to deal with any safety issues that arise. In addition to Europe-wide guidance from Prosafe, in the UK there is a BSI Publicly Available Specification – PAS 7100: 2018 Consumer product safety related recalls and other corrective actions.
UK legislation is supported by standards and AMDEA staff and members are heavily involved in developing and revising these standards both in BSI committees and working groups and in the European Standards Bodies such as CENELEC and the international ones such as IEC. Now that the UK has left the EU we can expect some divergence of UK requirements which may place additional burdens upon producers who wish to sell their products in the UK. AMDEA works to minimise divergence and promote the benefit of harmonised and common standards.