Electrical Safety

Objectives

  • Discuss government regulations.
  • Discuss specialized electrical PPE.
  • Illustrate safe working habits.

Rules, Regulations & Policies

Every workplace is subject to internal and external rules and regulations. Even if your company has no official safety policies and procedures, you must meet or exceed all applicable government regulations to work lawfully. Ask your supervisor, or do an internet search on your government website to learn more about safe work policies in your country.

Accidents are almost always preventable, and safe work policies are the results of learning from past accidents and near misses. Remember, they exist to protect you, and everyone around you. Don't gamble by ignoring safety procedures.
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Unnecessary Risk

The leading causes of workplace accidents are

  • using improper and unsafe tools.
  • workers that are improperly trained, and do not use or follow safe procedures.
  • workers that do not use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • violations of Lockout-tagout (LOTO) or Permit to Work (PTW) procedure.
  • using equipment that has not been properly tested and certified for the job.
  • using equipment that was not designed for the operating conditions present at that moment.

Everything on this list has something in common - each list item is completely preventable. If you catch yourself thinking,

"I don't need to grab my PPE - I'll just fix this quickly."

or perhaps

"No one else is around so I don't have to lockout-tagout."

remember, that's what the beginning of an accident sounds like.

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Basic Safety

When you are working in an industrial environment, have a safety plan for the job you are about to perform. This includes

  • understanding and following existing job procedures mandated by your employment, and/or government.
  • identifying all of the hazards in your working environment, and controlling or eliminating them.
  • understanding that the safest work area is one with zero energy.
  • wearing the correct PPE.
  • having a rescue plan or first aid materials close by in case an accident occurs.
  • sharing safety information with others around you. Your company may hold safety meetings or toolbox talks regularly to promote these sharing and learning opportunities.
  • Take responsibility for keeping yourself and your team safe by participating fully in initiatives like safety meetings. Your experience and observations could save someone's life.

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