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Case 116 - Electrical items taken into a boarding school must be checked by an electrician

Issue

A small independent residential school for pupils with specific learning difficulties is alleged to have advised parents that all electrical items brought to school must be checked and labelled by an electrician due to health & safety regulations, and that extension leads are not allowed for the same reason.

Panel decision

Health and safety regulations do not ban multi-way sockets or extension leads and neither do they require simple electrical appliance such as clocks, TVs and computers to be tested by an electrician. A common sense assessment/inspection to check that wires are not damaged and sockets not overloaded could be carried out by any member of staff. HSE guidance Maintaining portable electric equipment in low-risk environments provides further information.

2013-02-06