Formal Visual Inspection
These should be carried out at set intervals by a competent person to look for any defects.
Hazards that can be identified through a visual inspection:
- Enclosure damage
- Damage to the mains flex
- Signs of overheating
- Incorrectly fitted mains plugs
- Incorrect fuses (where visible)
Hazardous equipment should be removed from usage, or unplugged and warning signs attached if appropriate.
The findings of these checks should be recorded and kept as evidence and more importantly how this was fixed.
These requirements will vary according to the equipment being inspected and the environment in which it is used.