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Preventing Facility Hazards: Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know

Three of the top ten OSHA electrical safety violations are electrical in nature; in addition, 5% of all on the job fatalities are due to improper interaction with electricity.

Electrical hazards in your facility require the proper attention from safety managers when creating safety programs.
Here are some electrical safety tips to protect your employees from electrical hazards.
 

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Electrical Safety is important, any workplace and position can be affected by electricity. Before you begin your day make note of any electrical equipment you may come in contact with and ensure that it is properly grounded before use.
 

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Standing in any type of wetness while using an electrical device of any kind is not a good idea. Try to avoid it whenever possible, this includes stationary equipment, power tools, tablets, mobile phones, etc.
 

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Assume power lines are always energized whenever your work brings you to an area where you need to be around them. This includes any situation that your delivery crews may encounter at a customer’s home. Use non-conductive materials, and tools when near them.
 

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Practice a standard operating procedure in electrical safety by bringing any machine being worked on to complete zero, fully de-energized before beginning repair or services. (Unplug it from the power source if possible).
 

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After bringing a machine to complete zero for servicing, always use proper lock out protocol to prevent co-workers from re-energizing a machine while it is being worked on.
 

6.

Never wear rings, watches, wristbands, or use metallic pencils or rulers while working with electrical equipment.
 

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Ask can this job be completed with one hand? Only using one hand to work reduces the chances of electricity going through the chest cavity in the event of an accident.
 

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If a spill happens on or near a machine do not try to clean it up until the machine is shut down completely and unplugged.
 

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Never touch electrical equipment unless you are specifically instructed to do so. It is advisable to consider the use of electrical safety signs, and make sure your hands are not wet or sweating and as precaution.
 

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Stay up to date on regulations or requirements to be in compliance with relevant regulatory agencies. As changes are released, regularly to see what your facility should now be doing differently to ensure maximum workplace electrical safety.
 
Jef Spencer
HFA Operations
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