Electrical test code of practice for portable sanitation and welfare units

A new Code of Practice on electrical safety has been developed by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE) the trade association representing the interests of rental companies supplying portable and temporary welfare units.

The new code is designed to build on industry best practice and provide guidance to PSE members in relation to the electrical safety testing of their hire equipment, with specific reference to hot wash units, welfare units and luxury trailer units. This type of equipment represents the majority of electrical hire equipment provided by members.

The new document provides an overview of the safety measures required for electrical hire equipment, along with procedures for inspection, testing and maintenance during both pre and post hire periods.

The document also has advice on the roles of in house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment.

To help dutyholders carry out the regular inspection and testing of portable welfare units, Seaward has put together dedicated PSE test packages, comprising all the appropriate test instrumentation and accessories needed to carry out electrical testing safely and efficiently. Test package options for manual testing and more sophisticated testing with the downloading of test results are available.

Details of the new Code of Practice for electrical safety testing of PS units are available from the PSE via www.pse.org.uk/ or from info@pse.org.uk.

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