The risks of exposure to cold are higher in the elderly than in other age groups. Even a mild drop in environmental temperature can cause injury, ill-health and increased mortality risk since the elderly already have a high likelihood of reduced body temperature.
Unfortunately, environmental temperature drops are felt less by the elderly, and their ability to control and regulate body temperature is reduced. Also, elderly persons with conditions of illness and multiple medications are more vulnerable to the cold.
Because of this, as the temperatures have decreased and colder nights have become the norm during winter, the need for electrical heaters and heating systems has risen in rest homes, retirement villages and aged care facilities across New Zealand.
If you are managing an aged care facility, old people’s home or retirement village, not only must you manage the health and well-being of your residents and staff through effective heating but you also need to make sure that all of your heaters (and all electrical appliances) are tested to be safe and compliant with the range of electrical safety regulations.
Below you will learn more about how to be fully compliant with your obligations this winter and ensure that your residents and staff are kept safe.
Testing and Tagging for Aged Care Facilities
While not mandatory, annual inspection or tag and testing will help you manage risk or liability from electrical accidents that can impact both patrons and staff. Safety issues and accidents do occur with heaters and other electrical appliances, and many faults are not visible to the eye and can only be discovered by testing with specialised equipment. As a result, we advise management to ensure a testing and tagging process is in place.
Energy Safety NZ recommends that testing and tagging should be undertaken when an electrical appliance or fitting is in use, or available for use – you can learn more about policy here.
In an Aged Care Facility, your heaters and other electrical appliances that use a 2-pin or 3-pin plug to connect to the power supply should be regularly tested, with the frequency of inspections varying from every 6 months to 5 years depending on the equipment, type of environment and risk assessment.
Discover more about the range of Comply Guy test and tagging inspection services for rest homes.
As skilled age care sector technicians (with more than 7 years’ experience), we understand that you have budgets to meet and need to be confident that work is completed properly and inexpensively while being respectful to residents and staff and causing minimal disruption.
Comply Guy has police-vetted, trustworthy technicians available across New Zealand who are well experienced with the needs of nursing homes and retirement villages. With minimal fuss, we’ll provide a flexible, affordable test and tag service to assure the safety of your staff and residents, unique to your needs.
Keep your staff and residents safe, secure and warm this winter. Contact Comply Guy in Auckland on (09) 5211-566, free-phone us across New Zealand on 0800 669-999 or fill out our online enquiry form for more information.