Whether you're a business owner or a business manager, you have a responsibility to your employees to provide them with a safe working environment. Several different areas fall under the workplace safety umbrella, including ensuring that your office's electrical system is running optimally. Occasionally, you might encounter problems with the electrical system -- if so, it's time to act quickly and have a licensed commercial electrician pay you a visit. He or she will be able to fix the problem promptly to ensure that your staff members remain safe and also that there's no risk of a fire in your place of work. Here are three problems that you could encounter.
Broken GFCI In Bathroom Or Kitchen
It's beneficial to get into the habit of testing the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets that are situated next to the sink in your bathrooms and kitchen. These outlets have two buttons -- when you press the one marked "Test," the "Reset" button shop pop up and cut off the current. If the latter button doesn't engage, the outlet is faulty and won't be doing its job of protecting your employees from being shocked. Your commercial electrician will be able to remove the faulty outlet and replace it with one that is functional.
Too Many Extension Cords In Use
Modern-day offices have extensive demands of their electrical systems -- powering computer, printers, phones and many other electrical devices can mean that your employees might be running multiple cords to the same outlet through the use of extension cords. This is problematic because excessive extension cords around the floor can cause an employee to trip and hurt himself or herself, which is a workplace safety issue. The other concern is that extension cords can increase the risk of a fire. To solve this problem, your commercial electrician will upgrade your office's power network by installing additional outlets in areas that they're needed.
Lights That Go Dim
If your office has certain lights that dim when a large electronic device is used -- for example, when someone uses the photocopier -- it's a potential sign that your devices are overloading their circuits. In addition to the dimming issue being annoying, there's always a risk of a circuit tripping and leaving you and your employees in the dark. Your commercial electrician will resolve this issue by upgrading your circuit panel, which will improve the current strength in the office and prevent the dimming problem.
Contact a business like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc for more help.