Every construction site is covered with electrical hazards, regardless of whether you are tearing down a structure or building something from the ground up. In order to keep your workers and workplace safe, you must follow safety precautions across the site.
Electrical Safety Booklet includes the Safe and unsafe Electrical Practice shall be followed and not followed during worksite
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Safety Concerns :
Here are 8 safety tips that you must follow on the construction site.
- Personal Protection: Personal protection should come first as compared to any other piece of safety equipment as it directly protects you against electrical mishaps. The amount of personal protection required is based on your potential exposure to electricity. Use electrical gloves and footwear while handling electrical materials as they provide basic safety. Take extra precautions like using a face shield, fire-resistant helmet, and protective eyewear and earmuffs while working with wiring or if you are in close contact with electrical equipment.
- Testing equipment: never handles any electrical wiring or equipment if you don’t know how to operate it. The electrical power testing equipment provides the necessary protection from unwanted and potential deadly shocks. Ensure that the worksite is stocked with voltage detectors, clamp meters, and receptacle testers.
- Cord protectors one good electric safety practice includes the use of safe extension cords and outlet strips. As an extra measure, use cable covers and cord protectors. Use floor cable protectors for safety and ensure that they are highly visible to prevent tripping on the worksite.
- Voltage regulators and circuit breakers: are critical pieces of safety equipment that curb the problem before it gets worse. Always use a surge protector to shut off the worksite’s power supply during an emergency. A voltage regulator helps in preventing equipment damage over time or damage during a surge of electricity.
- Precautions: Some electrical hazards will occur and they would be out of your control. However, you can control some and reduce the risk of electrocution by being cautious at the worksite. Some precautions include knowing where the electrical wiring will be an issue on a construction site and labeling it for safety measures and using ground fault circuit interrupters for all receptacle outlets to prevent electrical shock.
- Equipment using electrical equipment at the workplace can end up becoming a very natural and comfortable thing for the workers. This may lead to improper use of tools or be practicing unknown hazards without realizing it. Training the staff properly will help them identify the unknown improper shortcuts and thus reduce the risk of equipment-related electrocution. Apart from that, ensure that the coworkers know the proper way to use every tool, especially in direct electrical work.
- Identifying problems and dangers presented by the construction sites must never be overlooked. Encourage your workers to practice identifying any kind of abnormality or any kind of electrical hazards, such as identifying a distinct burning smell. Make a safety checklist and incorporate it into your daily routine. Create an environment where the workers feel comfortable alerting a supervisor in case there is any problem.
- Risk assessments carried out an exhaustive and comprehensive risk assessment before any kind of work starts on the construction site. This helps in identifying the potential electrical hazards and ensuring that suitable control measures are in place to prevent them from causing harm to workers. It is important to familiarize yourself with the results of the risk assessment to understand which hazards you need to look out for.
The Do’s & Don’ts of Electrical Safety
Today, the majority of office spaces are extremely wired. Asides from traditional electricity, the wires of phones, headsets, computer hard drives, chargers, copy machines, etc. snake across floors and under desks in a majority of businesses. As such, taking charge of the well-being of your employees preemptively by educating them about electrical safety is a wise decision. In the meantime, here is a list of do’s and don’ts on electrical safety that you can use to make better, safer decisions now.
- Treat every electrical device like it is energized, even if it does not look like it is plugged in or operational.
- Unplug appliances before performing any service or repairs on them.
- When working on electrical devices, only use tools that have official “non-conducting” handles.
- Try to limit the use of electrical equipment in rooms that are very cold or have a lot of condensation.
- When handling electrical equipment, make sure your hands are dry.
- If you spill any kind of liquid on electrical equipment, first immediately shut off power to the equipment via the main switch or circuit breaker and then unplug the equipment itself.
- Keep all electrical circuit contact points enclosed.
- Finally, if you are able to, work on electrical equipment with one hand while the other hand is out of the way at your side or in your pocket. This minimizes the chance of current passing through your chest should a spark/accidental charge occur.
- First and foremost – don’t touch active electrical circuits.
- Never touch electrical equipment when any part of your body is wet, (that includes fair amounts of perspiration).
- Do not store liquids of any sort near electrical equipment.
- If a person comes into contact with an energized electrical conductor, do not touch the equipment, its cords, or the person affected because the charge may pass to you. Instead, shut down the main power source via the circuit breaker and then unplug the equipment using a leather belt.
- Do not wear the metal of any sort if you are working on electrical equipment.
- Also, do not try to poke, probe, or fix electrical equipment with objects like pencils or rulers because the metal in them can serve as a form of the conductor.
Overall, these are some great rules to adhere to. However, there are many more aspects of proper electrical safety that are vital to understanding. So, take charge of your safety and the safety of your employees by contacting the team at Creation World Safety.
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Electrical Safety Worksite Do’s and Don’t