Sep 5th 2022
Electrical Safety Week
Electrical safety is extremely important in the workplace. Every year, electrical accidents claim the lives of workers across the country. Electrical Safety Week is an annual event that highlights the importance of electrical safety in the workplace, with this year being held from 5-9 September.
During Electrical Safety Week, employers and workers are encouraged to learn more about electrical safety and how to protect themselves from accidents. There are a number of resources available online and from local organisations. Some of the topics that will be covered include identifying hazards, working safely with electricity, and using personal protective equipment (PPE).
Here are some tips to help you stay safe at work:
- Always assume that all electrical equipment is energised and dangerous. Never touch an electrical conductor or circuit without first ensuring the power is turned off.
- Use only properly insulated tools and approved electrical equipment. Do not use uninsulated screwdrivers, knives, or other objects to work on or around electrical equipment.
- Do not operate any damaged electrical equipment or exposed live wires. If you see sparks or smoke coming from an electrical device, do not touch it!
- Do not overload outlets or extension cords. By doing so, you risk overloading the circuit and causing a fire.
- Use a Residual Current Device (RCD) to protect yourself from shocks when working near water. RCDs can be found in most hardware stores and home improvement centres.
- Keep flammable materials away from electrical equipment and wiring. This includes liquids, paper, and clothing.
- Do not stand on wet floors or in puddles of water when working with electricity. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, and you could be electrocuted if you are standing in it while operating electrical equipment.
- Never work on energised circuits without the proper training and safety gear. This includes rubber gloves, insulating mats, and face shields. Only trained professionals should attempt to repair or replace electrical components while they are energised.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when operating any electrical equipment. These instructions are designed to keep you safe while using the equipment.
- Be aware of your surroundings when working with electricity. Before beginning work, look for potential hazards such as overhead power lines, wet floors, and exposed live wires.
Electrical accidents can happen anywhere, so it's essential for everyone to be aware of the risks. By taking some time to learn about electrical safety, we can help make the workplace safer for everyone.
If you're looking for more information, be sure to check out our library of electrical safety documents. We have a variety of resources that can help keep you and your workers safe.
Author - Craig Cruickshank is the HSEQ Advisor and Senior Technical Writer at SafetyDocs by SafetyCulture
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Please note that the above information is provided as a comment only and should not be relied on as professional, legal or financial advice.
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