Working in an industrial setting can present a hazardous daily environment.
Electricity can cause two types of burns:
Reduce the Risk - Can jobs be scheduled so that power sources can be de-energized, grounded and tested in order to eliminate the hazard?
Can an outdated / worn electrical equipment be removed from service or can a newer safer model replace it?
Restrict Access - Dangerous areas should be segregated from all but necessary personnel - locked electrical vaults and high fences placed around transformers are essential.
Up-to-date-Training - Avoid complacency; embody a pro-active culture where safety is of paramount importance. Everyone from senior management to junior levels must be responsible for both themselves and the safety of others and must act to minimise risks. Managers should perform regular reviews of each job profile and deliver frequent refresher training for all personnel to ensure standards are not only maintained, but exceeded.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - It’s there for a reason: PPE aims to protect workers against health and safety risks posed by their work environments. This is designed as the last ‘stage’ of protection, but is imperative nonetheless. Insulated gloves, fire resistant clothing and face shields should be worn when working on energized electrical equipment.
Through proper use of PPE employees reduce their exposure to hazards that cannot be prevented through engineering and administrative controls alone.
Be Vigilant - You must always follow the proper advice and guidelines given by your employer on-site and follow their outlined procedures as instructed
in your site safety orientation.
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