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Safe use of electrical work equipment at home

IET Factfile: Safe use of electrical work equipment at home

This document has been created to provide guidance on using electrical devices safely when working from home. Information on the different kinds of devices that need to be monitored and maintained is provided. In addition, we share guidance on who should perform checks and processes that can be put in place to mitigate potential safety risks.

Both employers and employees have responsibilities to confirm that electrical equipment provided for use at home is used safely and inspected or maintained for safety.

It is important to note that employers do not have responsibility for employees’ own equipment used in their own home, or for their electrical installation itself.

Employers are responsible for the safety of electrical work equipment that they provide to employees for use at home.

Employees must use this equipment as instructed and take care of it to prevent damage.