The ESC has based the Safe Isolation app on its Best Practice Guide No 2 (Guidance on the management of electrical safety and safe isolation procedures for low voltage isolation). It is designed to be as easy to use as possible, taking a step-by-step approach to achieving safe isolation with a series of illustrations and simple instructions.
The app is available on iPhone and iPad and allows electrical engineers and electricians to access this important information while they are working to help keep themselves and others safe.
Martyn Allen, the ESC’s Head of Technical Development, said: “There is no excuse for inappropriate live working, or inadequate safety precautions.
"By routinely and invariably following a simple, step-by-step approach to safe isolation, injuries and fatalities can be prevented.
"The ESC’s Safe Isolation app has been developed to remind everyone working on, or near, electrical equipment how to work safely.”
There have been several prosecutions in recent years over breaches of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, highlighting the dangers of working when electrical systems are live. These accidents could have been easily avoided by taking the time to work thoroughly through the safety precautions.
The app can be found at the App Store by searching for ‘safe isolation’ and then following the download instructions.
For more information visit the ESC’s website http://www.esc.org.uk/ where more information can be found on the Best Practice Guide No 2.