What are electrical safety tips?

When trying to improve the safety of a facility there are many approaches that can be taken. One option is to conduct in-depth training courses, and engage in large scale activities focused on electrical safety. While that can certainly be effective, it is also a good idea to look into smaller-scale options that are more focused on simple reminders that people can see on a day to day basis. This, especially when combined with more formal training, can help to keep electrical safety on the minds of employees at all times.

Simple Electrical Safety Tips

Many facilities will take electrical safety tips such as the ones listed below and print them off on posters to be hung up throughout the facility. However they are displayed, reminding employees of these electrical safety tips is a great way to ensure everyone is protected.

  • Use the Right Power Equipment – Installing the proper power equipment for its use is very important. Specifically, never use a temporary extension cord for running a permanent line.
  • Take Advantage of PPE – PPE, or personal protection equipment, is designed to help keep people safe in a variety of situations. There is PPE made just for electrical safety.
  • Watch Out for Capacitors – Capacitors are similar to batteries in that they can hold an electrical charge. Even if you remove a power source, you need to make sure the capacitors won’t produce a shock before working on electrical equipment.
  • Follow Best Practices – Everyone should know and follow best practices when it comes to electrical safety. One example of electrical safety best practices is using the lockout/tagout system.
  • Leave it to an Electrician – If someone in a facility sees an issue with an electrical system, they should not try to deal with it on their own. Allowing trained and experienced electricians handle any situation like this will help ensure nobody is hurt.
  • Leave Plenty of Room – Never stack things in front of a circuit box or other high-voltage area. If something should fall into the equipment, it could quickly cause a fire or explosion.
  • Assume the Power is On – Everyone should assume there is electrical current running through any system unless they have personally verified that it is disconnected from a power source.

Following these tips and making sure everyone in the facility is aware of them, is an important place to begin when it comes to electrical safety in the workplace.

 

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