What are pre-use checks?

The purpose of pre-use inspection is to identify whether work equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely without any deterioration or hazards detected. These can then be remedied before its result in health and safety risk.

#1 Why undertake Pre-Use checks on electrical equipment?

Because such checks identify and locate potential hazards prior to harm occurring when using electrical cleaning equipment. Another benefit of the pre-start checklist is that you can locate small issues with machinery before they become major ones. There is a duty to inspect and maintain machinery and equipment the provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations for office cleaning.

  • Don’t burn or bury waste.

  • Don’t contaminate waste streams.

  • Place all waste in the correct bins.

How to undertake pre –used checks?

What Is exactly chemical contamination?

Chemical contamination is defined as an addition or appearance of different detergents or substances at higher concentration considered to be unhealthy and usually found in places, like your workplace, home, water, animals, food, and of course the environment. In some scenarios some of the chemical are treated as less dangerous, but in other can lead to severe poisoning or, in chronic (long-term) illness, it can also damage human organs.

  • Check that suitable protection devises such as fuses, circuit breakers and residual current devises are in place.

  • Check if the fuses have the correct load ratings.

  • PAT test stickers are to be presented and in date.

  • Only use equipment for the purpose of which they are designed.

  • Ensure switches are working as it should work properly, leads, plugs, guards, casing and further equipment components are free from defects.

  • Always complete pre visual checks of cleaning equipment every time Before and After

  • Use equipment with no visual or hidden damage.

Provide training for your office cleaners.

As such, subcontractors, employees should be definitely instructed to visually check for any faults or damages to the working equipment:

  • They have to check for any damage to the main supply cable or unusual cuts.

  • Check for light or medium damage to the plug or connector (eg broken/absent casing, cracked pins)

  • Check for inadequate joints, including taped joints in the cable

  • Not fitted tightly outer sheath of the cable where it comes into the plug or the cleaning machinery or equipment.

  • Visible harm to the external side of the casing of the equipment

  • Any loose parts, pins, screws or other particles.

  • Important find evidence of overheating (burn marks, residue or discolouration for the cable itself).

Cleaners should be told, trained and informed to report basic faults to a supervising person or management department. If suspected fault is found, the faulty equipment should be taken out of use as soon as possible until it is completely repaired and tested by a competent person.