Electrical Safety Management Explained
Just about every business uses electricity. In fact, the use of electrical power is so commonplace that it’s easy to take for granted in some respects. Any electrical system has the potential to cause harm to both life and property and accidents do occur. These mishaps happen every day, whether here in Canada or elsewhere, and often it is because proper procedures in the treatment and use of electricity aren’t followed.
Personal injuries may be suffered in a variety of ways, including:
- Direct contact with either an energized electrical conductor or a live circuit. The human body is an efficient electrical conductor and when an electrical charge enters the body the energy will travel through it seeking a ground. This can be fatal, as the electricity can cause a malfunction of the heart, the lungs, and other muscles.
- Electrical energy can arc or jump from an exposed circuit or conductor through the air to a person who is grounded, causing similar death or damage as that of direct contact.
- Thermal burns may be suffered from the heat generated by electrical arcs as well as burns received from materials catching on fire as a result of contact with arcs or the heat created by electrical currents. Contact burns caused by being shocked may show little damage to your skin yet create significant damage to internal tissue.
- Receiving a shock while on a ladder or otherwise working above ground can cause a fall that may result in serious injury.
Your Electrical Safety System
Every business should have an electrical safety management system in place that provides basic training regarding ways to avoid being injured or killed by electricity and ways to prevent property damage or destruction.
Here are some tips on building a better electrical safety management system for all:
Conduct semi-annual safety meetings for all employees stressing the dangers of electricity and how to protect against property damage/personal injury.
Ensure personnel know what to do in an electrical emergency.
Ensure all extension cords are of the proper size for the appliance they’re used to power, that they’re only used for temporary use, not coiled in use and inspected before use.
Ensure all circuit breaker panels are properly labeled and any breakers that are replaced are certified safely operational.
Conduct regular workplace assessments to ensure safe practices are being utilized throughout.
When it’s time to replace a piece of electrical gear, utilize the services of a certified professional for replacement parts.
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