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ESC launches free safe isolation iPhone app

A ‘Safe Isolation’ app has been unveiled by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) as it aims to tackle the dangerous practice of working on live electrical systems.

Martyn Allen, the Head of the ESC’s Technical Development Unit

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 the iPhone and iPad and allows electrical engineers and electricians to access this important information while they are working and keep themselves and others safe.

Martyn Allen (pictured), the Head of the ESC’s Technical Development Unit, 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, you can prevent injuries and fatalities. 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 problems could usually 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.

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