A new code of practice on electrical testing has been developed to ensure that renters of portable and temporary welfare units meet their safety responsibilities.

The new document has been introduced by Portable Sanitation Europe (PSE), the trade association representing the interests of members involved in the rental of on-site welfare units, in partnership with electrical safety testing specialist Seaward.

In keeping with the main type of electrical rental equipment and facilities available from PSE members, the new guide pays particular attention to the safety needs associated with hot wash units, welfare units and luxury trailer units.

The Code of Practice provides an overview of the safety measures required for hire units that incorporate electrical accessories and appliances, along with the procedures for inspection, testing and maintenance during both pre and post rental periods.

As well as detailing the sort of testing that should typically be carried out, the document also includes advice on the role of in house and third party inspection and testing, competent persons and suitable test equipment.

To help duty-holders 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.

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 www.seaward.co.uk

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