What are supplies I should have on hand to prevent or respond to electrical hazards?

What are supplies I should have on hand to prevent or respond to electrical hazards?

All modern facilities use electricity to power their machinery and other equipment. In most cases, these items use high-voltage electrical currents, which can be very dangerous if there is any type of problem. With this in mind, employees need to be trained and equipped to be able to prevent electrical problems from occurring, or to respond to them once they happen. Fortunately, there are many different types of supplies on the market that can help prevent or respond to electrical hazards.

Labels & Markings

One of the first things you can do to help prevent electrical hazards is make people aware of them. This can be done by putting up labels and safety signs on any high-voltage equipment. Letting people know about the presence of an electrical hazard will remind them that they have to be careful and always use the right equipment.

In addition, labels and markings can be used to respond to an existing event too. For example, if someone is being electrocuted in an area, there may be a sign up to remind others not to rush in to save the victim because that would put them at risk of electrocution as well. Instead, it can point to emergency shutoff switches, rescue rods, and other items that should be used.

Personal Protection Equipment

Another essential option for preventing shocks and other electrical injuries is to make sure employees use the personal protection equipment that is appropriate for a given area. There are many different types of PPE that can be used including the following:

  • Insulated Gloves
  • Insulated Boots
  • Full Body Insulated Suits
  • Insulating Mats
  • Much More

Rescue Equipment

In the event that someone is injured in an electrical related incident, it is important that people in the area know how to respond, and what they can do. One of the most important things that any facility can have available is an emergency shutoff switch. This type of switch will cut all power to a given area so that rescuers can go help the victim of an electrocution. Another good option is to have a rescue rod there to help with saving someone who is being electrocuted. These rods do not conduct electricity so it can be used to push away the source of the electricity, or to pull a victim out of a dangerous area.

 

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