October 31, 2019
By: Jeson Pitt
Electricity is one of the main causes of accidents in any plant. There could be a high possibility for accidents like electric shocks, electrocution, etc., to occur. Therefore, you must have an airtight electrical safety program implemented in the plant. It will keep the employees safe and the equipment from getting damaged.
Here are 6 ways you can design an effective electrical safety program:
OSHA relies on the NFPA 70E electrical safety standard to define the elements of the Electrical Safety Program. Study them carefully and understand the standards of OSHA. Implement them accordingly in the facility.
Conduct the audit at least once per year. It is a good idea to audit whenever changes are made in the facility. This will make sure that the facility and all its electrical systems continue to operate safely.
It sounds like a great idea to completely eliminate the hazard, but it is not practical nor possible. For instance, if you need human input for any process, there will always be a possibility of error. You cannot completely eliminate intentional or unintentional human error. But try to bring it down as much as possible.
Conducting risk assessment of any electrical hazard can help in coming up with probable solution and design for example arc flash risk assessment for employee safety.
Use an adequately rated voltage tester when you test for the absence of voltage. It is equally important to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while doing this. You can even use the absence of voltage tested (AVT).
An AVT simplifies the verification step by automating the process and preventing the workers from exposure to electrical hazards. Once you install the AVT, initiate the test. You will see an active visual indication when the absence of voltage is confirmed.
They can be particularly difficult to exercise and put into action. It is because the person most likely to be injured in an electrical accident is the one most likely to be responsible for the electrical system.
Design unique and challenging safety drills that are specific to the electrical system. This will help you be more prepared in the event of an actual emergency. You will also be able to identify potential areas of electrical danger within the facility.
Don’t let electrical safety be an after-thought in your facility. Be proactive and design the best electrical safety plan that will keep your employees safe.
Author bio - Jeson Pitt works with the marketing department of D & F Liquidators in Hayward, CA and regularly writes to share his knowledge while enlightening people about electrical products and solving their electrical dilemmas. He's got the industry insights that you can count on along with years of experience in the field. Jeson lives in Hayward, CA and loves to explore different cuisines that the food trucks in the Bay area have to offer.
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