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S5W-20521: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 11 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that the use of electrical safety socket covers can lead to an increased risk of electrocution, what its position is on banning their use in (a) health, (b) social care and (c) other premises.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 January 2019

On the 30 June 2016, NHS National Services Scotland issued to NHS Scotland an 'Estates and Facilities Alert' about electrical socket covers/protectors. The alert is available online:

All other safety alerts are available on the Health Facilities Scotland website:

This alert stated that in certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets. The alert was distributed to Estates Managers, Risk Managers, Health Centres, Health & Safety, Care Home Services, Community Care, Learning Disability Units, Loaned Equipment Stores, Safety Representatives, Social Services, Supplies/Procurement, Wards, All users.

The alert actioned the following to be complete by December 2016:

  • 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence
  • Any socket inserts currently in use should be withdrawn and responsibly disposed of.